JDRF is to furlough some staff temporarily – as part of the UK government’s job retention scheme – in the face of the UK charity fundraising crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
40 percent of the charity’s staff will become temporarily unavailable. Karen Addington, Chief Executive of JDRF in the UK, said: “Our mission to prevent, treat and cure type 1 continues throughout the coronavirus crisis. But the coronavirus has had an impact on the way we raise our income.
“This is the time of year when most of our outdoor fundraising happens. You – our supporters – come together to run, cycle, walk and hike for JDRF. It’s a joyful time which we value greatly, where people with type 1 come together and we have a lot of fun, sharing experiences and contributing to a mission that means so much to each and every one of us.
“The cancellation or postponement of such in-person fundraising will deeply affect the way we raise funds. So far, it seems unlikely that state support for charities will be focused on medical research charities. Therefore, we have had to make temporary changes to our staffing.
“As of today, a number of staff will be taking a leave of absence, as part of the government ‘furlough’ scheme in order to protect delivery of JDRF’s mission.”
She added: “These are challenging times and I will miss these valuable members of our team over the coming weeks. But I am very proud of how JDRF staff have collaborated on this furlough process. We are united in spirit and will be united again as a team dedicated to supporting people with type 1 diabetes when this crisis passes.”
Although some JDRF supporters will find their usual person of contact at the organisation is absent, other colleagues continue to work to help keep fundraising efforts moving forward. Supporters can contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any queries.