Keep in touch project


+ estimated £213 Gift Aid
£5,000 target

22 supporters


Kate Carter

£15 + an est. £3.75 in Gift Aid 22nd Jul 2020 11:53


Janet Swain

£65 + an est. £16.25 in Gift Aid 4th Jul 2020 10:54

Started on 15th May 2020 Hewas Water, England, United Kingdom

COVID-19 has made life different and challenging for everyone, but especially vulnerable people living with long-term health conditions who need to shield or self-isolate. We know this is a worrying time for our service users, but also for many of our older volunteers.

Keep in Touch Project 

Local communities have gathered to donate food; do essential shopping and deliver prescriptions. This is brilliant, but people who use the Merlin MS Centre are living with neurological and progressive conditions and may have complex physical and mental needs. Without our support they will call upon the already over-burdened health and social care system.  

A small therapy team from the charity continues to provide specialist advice, practical support and guidance to our service users with regular telephone and online calls; supporting letters to other health care providers and agencies; signposting to local volunteer services; running online exercise sessions, appropriate to their physical ability; and providing a support group via Facebook.

We have furloughed two thirds of our staff, but we have to keep some staff to run the project and prepare for re-opening the Centre when it is safe to do so. Unfortunately, we have lost almost all means of raising income both at our Centre and through fundraising events and community support. With no statutory funding and reduced income, it is almost impossible to fund wages of staff carrying out this essential work without the community’s support. 


We are also now working towards re-opening the Centre in a phased way, focusing on oxygen therapy which people cannot access remotely; introducing some home visits while continuing to run our remote project. In planning for this we have identified some key changes to how we can provide our services safely. This will involve additional costs such as purchasing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), sanitisers and wipes to protect and prevent the spread of the virus; additional cleaning in between oxygen therapy sessions; and funding of staff salaries who are currently furloughed.

To ensure we can continue to offer our service now and re-open when the time comes, we are asking for your support. Whatever you can donate will make a difference to those living with MS and other Neurological conditions in Cornwall.


Kate Carter commented

The Merlin Centre is a fantastic resource for those of us with MS and the wider community. I wish I could give more.

22nd July 2020 at 11:54am
Kate carter pledged £15 + an est. £3.75 in Gift Aid
22nd July 2020 at 11:53am
Janet Swain pledged £65 + an est. £16.25 in Gift Aid
4th July 2020 at 10:54am
Sharron Hawkins commented

Thanks for all your hard work, we don't want to lose you!

1st July 2020 at 4:01pm
Sharron Hawkins pledged £50 + an est. £12.50 in Gift Aid
1st July 2020 at 4:01pm
Sharron Hawkins has also backed 2 other projects
Alison Furse pledged £100 + an est. £25.00 in Gift Aid
25th June 2020 at 5:15pm
Steve And Sue commented

Merlin MS Centre.....always a worthwhile cause.

24th June 2020 at 3:48pm
Steve and Sue pledged £126 + an est. £31.50 in Gift Aid
24th June 2020 at 3:46pm
Steve and Sue has also backed 1 other project
Mr Roger Goldsmith commented

Just a little thank you for all the help I received from Mel and Ash. I am really grateful. Roger

24th June 2020 at 12:28pm
Mr Roger Goldsmith pledged £100 + an est. £25.00 in Gift Aid
24th June 2020 at 12:27pm
Anonymous pledged £25 + an est. £6.25 in Gift Aid

24th June 2020 at 10:54am

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