An update from The Meath

So much has changed for so many and here at The Meath we’ve had to adapt considerably, learn quickly and overcome a few challenges in order to continue to maintain and provide  the very best service  for the people we support. We are all extremely proud of our achievements as Team Meath during the lock down period.

The Meath remains a COVID19 free site and the residents are being supported to enjoy a variety of activities and events to keep them happy, engaged, fit and occupied during a challenging period. While the people that we support like all of us are missing family members and their usual routine, the celebration of special occasions and themed fun days have provided wonderful opportunities for residents to enjoy making their own decorations, preparing feasts, and to socialise within our strict lockdown guidelines. If you’ve not seen our lovely collage images of recent Meath events during lockdown you can take a look at them at https://www.meath.org.uk/news/crazy-antics-for-crazy-times-during-lock-down/ in addition you will see above some colourful entries to the inaugural Meath Flower Show that residents so enjoyed recently.

All of the achievements that we have made during lockdown would not be possible without the dedicated team of staff and our wonderful community of supporters. Having had many of our Meath vehicles stolen and written off on the first evening of the UK Lockdown, we found ourselves in an extremely challenging situation. However, thanks to the generosity of the local community, relatives and Meath supporters, we were overwhelmed with kind messages, offers of help with transport, donations and fundraisers.

Like many other UK charities the lockdown period has potentially devastating effects to our vital fundraised income. However by remaining as proactive as possible we have been fortunate enough to secure some emergency funding early on in the lock down period. This has meant that many of the unexpected and therefore unbudgeted costs associated with keeping the site COVID19 free and maintaining an adapted programme of activities and events for residents has been covered. Residents have loved everything that we have been able to provide and do as a result of this generous funding and donations from supporters. Thanks o this generosity we have also been able to have inter house communication via Zoom!

Many residents, their family members and Meath supporters took part in the 2.6 Challenge which has also gone a long way to maintaining some vital fundraised income while our usual programme of fundraising events and sales from Changing Perceptions are not possible. We are hugely grateful for every 2.6 challenge and donation and are thrilled that Meath  2.6 challenges raised a fantastic £6,500 with some monies still coming in.

Support has come in abundance in many forms, far too many to mention here but we literally have been overwhelmed by all the offers of support from businesses, organisations, members of the public and relatives.  The response to our request for linen was so overwhelming that we were also able to donate some linens to be made up for local NHS hospitals.  We are so grateful to relatives and community members who have kindly hand-made masks, scrubs and scrub bags, supporters who took the initiative to hold their own fundraiser in response to our vehicle theft and greater need during lockdown. To those who took on the 2.6 challenge in support of The Meath and to companies who have given goods in kind and all those who reached out to us with a donation, a sponsorship of a 2.6 challenge or a simple ‘like’ and share’ on social media. It is thanks to so many people, and thanks to you, that you will see so many smiling faces in the photos of Meath lockdown activities. You can support The Meath here.

We remain relentlessly proactive and upbeat and I only wish that all of our supporters could be on site to see what a lovely happy place it is full of laughter and activity.  Windows are covered in rainbows and we clap every Thursday for the NHS as our way of saying thank you .

On behalf of all at the Meath, thank you for helping us to keep smiling. We hope to see you soon and until then, stay safe.

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