It was around mid to late January that I started to get a sense that coronavirus could have huge implications. I remember listening to Radio 4, watching the news, and seeing how things in China were developing and thinking ‘how we deliver projects is going to have to change dramatically.’
But then lockdown happened and the impact still took me by surprise. The crisis affected Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s fundraising so I was one of numerous staff members placed on furlough. It was odd, as overnight I went from somebody working in the sector to an observer seeing it from the outside.
I have two young children and we went from being a family who like to be busy, outdoors and active, to a situation where everything was massively restricted, and – like most people – I found this very difficult.