As a funder, first of all we want to say thank you for all you are doing. The work you do to help your communities is so valued, and now more than ever we all need to help spread #viralkindness.
We know that the charity and voluntary sector will play a huge part in helping communities get through this.
We recognise that the COVID-19 pandemic will present a number of challenges to the charities and organisations we have funded. We want to make sure we support you in any way we can so you can continue your work supporting some of the most vulnerable people in these difficult times.
If you have received funding from the Bupa UK Foundation:
Your grant – it will be unaffected. These are uncertain times and we know you need to focus on the wellbeing of your beneficiaries and people.
Dates - we understand that your project may be postponed and you may need to amend project end dates.
Activities – we recognise that the objectives and outputs we agreed with you will probably be difficult to continue and you may need to adapt or change these.
Reporting – we have made the decision to postpone reporting so you can focus on delivering your services and meeting people’s needs.
Can we help?
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if we can offer any in-kind support to help you.
Across the UK there are over 20,000 Bupa employees that we can call upon to support with remote volunteering opportunities you may have. For example, one of Bupa’s community partners has been in touch to ask if we could support with translation of documents, remote skill-sharing, reviewing website content and supporting virtual food drives.
While we can’t guarantee that all requests will be met, we will do all that we can to support you.
Contact the team by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
What is Bupa doing?
You may also be wondering about the action that Bupa is taking. Resources and people are being redirected to support the NHS and other public health bodies wherever possible during this difficult time. For example the Bupa Cromwell Hospital London is accepting patients from the local NHS trusts to create bed capacity in the NHS. Bupa Health Clinics are working through how we can offer GP services and other resources to support NHS 111, and Bupa Care Homes are working closely with local authorities and local NHS trusts to ensure we can support the most vulnerable.
You will find regular updates on the Bupa Newsroom, and on the dedicated Bupa COVID-19 online hub which includes frequently asked questions as well as content to help people manage their physical and emotional wellbeing during the crisis.