Camp due to be held in May postponed following the escalation of COVID-19 and advice from authorities.
DRWF with our partners at Over The Wall have announced the postponement of the second annual Diabetes Wellness Family Camp.
The event set to be held at Whitemoor Lakes, Lichfield from 8th to 10th May will no longer take place as we monitor the ongoing situation regarding COVD-19 and recommendation for people to self-isolate.
Sarah Tutton, Chief Executive at DRWF, said: “Like all charities, we are currently reviewing all of our activities in light of the enormous challenges that COVID19 presents.
“We have not taken the decision lightly to cancel any of our events but do so within government and public health guidelines and with the best interests of our supporters and beneficiaries at heart.
“Right now, we are all incredibly worried about this situation. We are making changes to our everyday lives to reflect a rapidly changing environment.
“We will continue to do everything we can to protect DRWF staff and volunteers and deliver the support that our beneficiaries need – this may look very different in the way in which we delivery our messages and activities, but we will do whatever it takes to continue offering our support to you, in a way that is accessible.
“Please let us know if we can help and we will do our very best.”
In a statement, Kevin Mathieson, CEO at Over The Wall, said: “We have been closely monitoring the likely impact of COVID-19 on our service plans this year and have reluctantly come to the difficult decision to postpone all our Spring and Summer camps and some of our Autumn camps including the DRWF Diabetes Wellness Family Camp.
“We have deferred a decision on our remaining Autumn camps until more information is available.
“Our priority is always the safety and wellbeing of the seriously ill children and family members we serve and our assessment, supported by statements and analysis from the Department of Health and Social Care and others, concerning the likely trajectory of the spread and extent of COVID-19 on the UK population means we cannot reasonably rely on having sufficient clinical and adult volunteers available to enable us to provide a safe camp environment.
“We are enormously disappointed that we’ve had to take this decision, but we are energetically exploring what other options we might put in place to engage with our campers and volunteers during this extremely challenging time.
“We are anticipating running camps in 2021 and will be contacting those families and volunteers who have been offered places this year when making those plans.”