Mummy’s Star/Covid-19 Message
The COVID-19 outbreak has created much anxiety and uncertainty amongst the many families we support across the UK and Ireland and for those that will soon need to reach out to us.
Many of our families are in the highest-risk group, their immune systems already compromised from chemotherapy, feeling uncertain, vulnerable and struggling to manage the fear and anxiety alongside raising a young family. As more and more of us self-isolate, our families will feel the physical and social isolation acutely.
Thankfully, as much of our support service is run virtually and our entire team are already home based, we are well placed to continue to support families and the healthcare professionals referring to us. You should experience minimal interruption to our day-to-day activities in the coming months ahead. If you would like any information or have any queries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The decision to close schools/nurseries on Friday 20 March, alongside the advised self-isolation periods, will however have some impact on our staff team around their own families and you may face a delay in responses. We really appreciate your patience in these circumstances.
Our team are still working tirelessly to provide support for all our existing and new families. They will continue to check in regularly and be offering support via email, phone, video call or text message to give our families the support with whatever they need, including a focus on wellbeing, managing finances, mental health and social isolation.
Our website has a wealth of supportive information and guidance and you can access it by visiting www.mummysstar.org
This is nonetheless going to be a challenging time for our organisation as we are entirely donation funded. Such are the widespread effects of the pandemic that many of our amazing fundraisers and supporters can no longer participate in the events and activities they had planned and trained for, so their fundraising will not materialise. This puts a significant amount of our annual income at serious risk.
It is paramount that we continue to provide the help to families in reducing the isolation, fears and concerns they face. Our team and the online community are a huge part of that support as it provides our families with direct contact for important information and a safe, secure and understanding space to talk.
In response to this situation we have set up a Mummy’s Star Support Fund. You can donate through: Facebook https://www.facebook.com/donate/2246376265658823/10157423087498992
Just Giving https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/MummysStarSupportFund
We don’t like to ask, especially when there so many other considerations at this time, but we are in unprecedented times and Mummy’s Star is totally funded through your donations, so we need to protect the vital support we provide to vulnerable families who are dealing with cancer in or around pregnancy. Whether it’s through a virtual event, donating some money saved from travel due to working from home, online events or other quirky ideas. You can find plenty more ideas on how to get involved here https://www.mummysstar.org/get-involved/fundraise
We appreciate every penny received and this will help families through some of the most challenging times ahead.
When we began Mummy’s Star in 2013, we set out to Support Pregnancy Through Cancer and Beyond, be it the experience of a pregnancy, a loss, a birth or that period beyond the treatment. We will continue to provide this vital support for families now, through the times we are in and way beyond that with your help!
CEO/Founder, Mummy’s Star