1940s Afternoon Tea (CANCELLED due to COVID-19)

24.05.2020

2:00PM - 5:00PM

The Chester Hotel, Aberdeen

CANCELLED.

Afternoon Tea 2020 – cancellation and refunds

Firstly, we hope you are all safe and well.

Last month we emailed all our Afternoon Tea ticket purchasers to inform you of our intention to postpone our Afternoon Tea event, due to be held on 24th May 2020, to a date later in the year.

As the situation and far reaching effects of Covid-19 have continued to progress we have taken the disappointing but responsible decision to cancel the 2020 Afternoon Tea event. We will instead plan for 2021 when our world has hopefully returned to some kind of normality. We certainly hope that you will all join us again then, to reflect and to celebrate and to look forward together.

Now that we have cancelled rather than postponed the 2020 event, we will be providing full refunds to all ticket purchasers through Eventbrite. These will be processed within the next two days and should be credited to your bank account or the card used for purchase within 5-7 business days.

If you experience any problems, please contact us at:chair@homestartaberdeen.org.uk

This is an unprecedented situation we now find ourselves in and in line with Government guidelines, our office is closed and our face-to-face visiting service is on hold.In response to the circumstances, we swiftly moved to remote working and our team of staff and volunteers smoothly adapted to changing conditions and now provide a high-quality service from their homes, enabling us to continue to support nearly 80 families across Aberdeen including 34 families who receive crisis support.

The safety of our staff and volunteers is our top priority and so we’ve adapted our normal home-visiting service to ensure we can continue to support families appropriately. Assisted by technology, video chat and emails as well as the usual phone calls and text, we are well connected within the team, with volunteers and with families so that we are there for them when they need us most.

Right now, we're offering practical support helping families gain access to basic essentials including nappies, milk, food, and medicine. We're also responding to the growing need for emotional support as the impact of self-isolation, social distancing and the fear of the coronavirus take their toll on families’ mental wellbeing.

In common with other charities, HomeStart Aberdeen is currently experiencing financial challenges. As well as lost income from the cancellation of the Afternoon Tea, our charity shop is closed for the duration of the lockdown and our supporters are unable to participate in this year’s Kiltwalk. We are proud of the service we provide and the families we are able to support. We are therefore actively and constantly seeking new funding opportunities to ensure that we can continue to support families across the city.If you can, please support one of our current appeals as outlined below:

Our own recently launched emergency Just Giving appeal, to help prevent family crisis and breakdown especially in these unprecedented times and to try and do everything we can to support families, now and in the future. Our fundraising page can be found here: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/helpuspreventf...

As featured in the Evening Express last week, our amazing volunteer Karen continues her quest to raise money for us with her unusual Kiltwalk garden obstacle challenge. The Kiltwalk team are still matching every donation with a 50% top-up until 5th May. Karen’s fundraising page can be found here: https://aberdeenkiltwalk2020.everydayhero.com/uk/k...

On behalf of the HomeStart Aberdeen board, the staff and the volunteers, we would like to express our appreciation and thanks for all your support, past, present and future.It means so much to us and the families we support across Aberdeen.We will keep you updated on our future events and activities and we very much look forward to seeing you in 2021.In the meantime, please stay safe and look after yourselves and your loved ones during these unusual times.

Best wishes,

Anne MacDonald, Chair and Eleanor McEwan, General Manager

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