As the outbreak of Coronavirus continues around the world, Meningitis Research Foundation's Chief Executive Vinny Smith reflects on what this means for our work.
I am writing from home. It’s a very strange office. There are my children in it for starters now - the whole family is in lockdown for two weeks given I’ve started with a cough. I am thanking my lucky stars for the glorious BBC classrooms. And my wife. Yes, oh goodness yes, thank goodness for my wife too. Sainthood will surely follow.
Like you, I’ve been in the COVID-19 wormhole in space this month. One week here and the next several light years away.
In the UK this meant London Marathon postponed, other public fundraising events on hold or cancelled, teams working from home, public statements, vital supporter communications, Board statements, bank statements... I am aware it is even worse in many other countries already, and we are followers.
And yet, 365 days a year, MRF is here to help people who have experienced meningitis hitting their lives like a whirlwind right out of the blue. Just 12 hours of their lives has often changed their outlook forever when meningitis strikes. As this situation unfolds, I find myself often thinking that they know only too well the unpredictability of life, and I have so much to learn.