Worcestershire Ambassadors May 2020 Newsletter

Welcome to our May newsletter. 

The uncertainty created by the coronavirus pandemic continues to have far-reaching implications for people and businesses across our county. Many will be on furlough leave, others will be working from home, and some will have lost family members and friends. 
 
It is with great sadness that I must inform members that, after a short illness unrelated to the current pandemic, John Leftwich has passed away. He was a very active and well-respected Ambassador who we will miss immensely, and I wish to extend our condolences to his family. Louise Hewett, Non-Executive Director of the Worcestershire Ambassadors, has written a warm tribute to John for this newsletter.
 
On a positive note, my fellow directors and I are proud to see so many Ambassadors actively working within their communities at this time and doing what they can to help vulnerable people who need support.
 
For example, our 2019 charity, Worcester Community Trust, has supplied 1,099 hot meals and 820 care packages with the help of 20 staff, and 27 volunteers, including board members Phil Fowler, Chris Green, Jabbar Riaz, Tracey Hopkins and myself so far during the lockdown. Worcester Foodbank has also provided meals for just over 1,000 people in April, their second busiest month since it opened in 2012.
 
For useful information from the wider community, opportunities to get involved with local charities and initiatives, and updates from across the county, check out new Worcestershire Community Noticeboard page on our website. 
 
Thank you to Peter Tomlinson for submitting an article entitled ‘A view from the County Chairman’ for the noticeboard. 
 
If you can offer assistance, or have any goods or services that you wish to donate, please visit Worcestershire County Council’s #Here2Help website.
 
As you may have seen, annual memberships are due for renewal. We would like to thank those members who have renewed – not least during this difficult time. If you have any problems paying your membership fee, please don’t hesitate to contact me or Tracey Hopkins, our Membership Executive. 
 
Due to the current self-distancing restrictions, we have had to cancel many scheduled Ambassadors events this summer with others in the second half of 2020 also being kept under review as the current situation continues to evolve. 
 
Our website will be updated and all guests who have paid to attend postponed events will be issued with refunds in due course.
 
The following events have been postponed at present: Worcestershire Ambassadors Bolero Takeover on 18th May, St. Richard’s Hospice Ladies Race Day on 6th June, West Midland Safari Park Day on 7th June, and our Exclusive Ladies Spa Break at The Elms on 11th June.
 
Please feel free to stay in touch and share any news, articles, or items of interest that we can feature on our Worcestershire Community Noticeboard or within our newsletter.
 
Until we can meet again, please stay safe, look after one another and respect social distancing guidelines.

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