The Trustees and team at Whirlwind are monitoring the current difficult situation in respect of covid-19 and are considering how to support and encourage our Partner Charities in this unprecedented situation. We have been very grateful for the updates we have received and have been impressed with how many of our partners have adapted to these difficult times.
In March we took the very difficult decision to close our doors to new donations as a short term measure while we evaluated the impact of the crisis on our own financial position.
It has become clear in recent weeks that restrictions are beginning to be lifted and we want to be in a position to support our partner charities as they plan future delivery programmes for later this year, and into next year, to this end we will open our application portal from 9th June 2020. The first applications being reviewed at our meeting at the end of July.
We are however very conscious that the COVID-19 situation is regularly changing, and there is still very significant volatility in the markets affecting our ability to help our partners. We will therefore keep this decision under regular review.