Alumni connections and Covid-19
This week had been long anticipated at Homerton, as our team of student callers prepared to catch up with alumni during the annual Telephone Campaign. Both a fundraising drive and an important opportunity to hear your news and update you with ours, the campaign is a highlight of our calendar.
This year, however, is a year like no other. While the University is responding in practical terms, with researchers actively working towards a vaccine to limit the threat of COVID-19, your College is working tirelessly to support our students and staff, and we want to support you too.
Homerton students, like their counterparts in other Colleges, are being sent home. The campaign is on hold, and we would like instead to take this opportunity to reinforce our connection with you. While plans for the next few months are discarded, and day-to-day worries are superseded by concerns about our health and that of our families, it is all too easy to feel cut off. But Homerton remains a community made up, not only of our extraordinary current students and academics, but of all of our alumni and friends.
Our alumni are those of you who left Cambridge last year, and they are those of you who were here during the1940s. They are also everybody in between. Each generation has known its own challenges, and for each one, Homerton has remained a point of continuity. While reunions and graduations may be on hold for now, please do make sure you are in touch by joining our community on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We will keep you in touch with the College and with each other – people tell us that Homerton is an anchor for them, and we would love to hear your stories of how you are getting on.
And we look forward to welcoming you back as soon as we are able. In the meantime, we are thinking of you. Please do look after yourselves.
Professor Geoff Ward
We understand, of course, that everyone’s priorities have been shifted by the circumstances. But if you are looking for a way to make a practical contribution in lieu of supporting the Homerton Telephone Campaign, a donation to any one of the following would be a highly effective way of doing so.
The World Health Organization’s Covid-19 Response Fund
Providing essential supplies to frontline health workers; enabling all countries to track and detect the disease; and accelerating efforts to fast-track the discovery and development of lifesaving vaccines, diagnostics and treatment.
The Trussell Trust
The UK’s largest network of food banks provides essential supplies to people suffering from the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak.
Providing financial and legal advice as well as practical care, support and companionship for older people.
Homerton Student Support
Students who can have been asked to vacate the College, but for those who live overseas this could come at considerable cost, and we are anticipating cases of especial student hardship. Any assistance for them, and students in financial hardship more generally, would be particularly welcome.