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Welcome to our Summer newsletter!

Over the past few months, adjusting to the new normal has been challenging for us all. We have helped navigate our clients through the evolving safety guidelines & support them the best way we can. This is new territory for us all, but we are so proud of the resolve & stamina shown by so many across the country, in the fight against the virus.

The Team at MSA

THANK YOU CAPTAIN TOM

Captain Tom Moore’s extraordinary fundraising efforts have come to an end raising nearly £33m for the NHS.

The war veteran had initially hoped to raise £1,000 by completing 100 laps of his Bedfordshire garden by the time he reached his 100th birthday.

His donation page now closed raised £32,794,701 from more than 1.5m supporters. Capt Tom began raising funds for NHS Charities ‘Together’ to

thank the “magnificent” NHS staff who helped him with treatment for Cancer and a broken hip. With the aid of a walking frame, he hoped to walk 100 laps of the 25-metre (82ft) loop in his garden in Marston Moretaine, in 10-lap chunks, before 30 April but completed his challenge on 17 April.

On that day, when the amount raised rose to £17m, JustGiving confirmed it was the largest total ever raised in a single campaign on its site and was “the fastest growing campaign on the platform”. What an amazing way to galvanise the nation, raising an unprecedented amount for NHS charities.

PLAYING SAFE

 

Exercise is an excellent opportunity for family fun. Walks, bike rides, living-room yoga, or games in the garden are just a few examples of how people have enjoyed exercise together over the past few months. With some restrictions slowly lifting, walking, cycling, jogging, golf or tennis can help you get some much-needed fresh air while staying safely away from others.

However, it is vital that we stay within the Government Guidelines when participating in any outdoor activity. The temptation to throw caution to the wind and embrace some much-needed freedom, is very strong, but it could also prove hugely detrimental in the long run.

Please play safe!

LEGIONELLA RISK

As businesses, schools, leisure centres, holiday homes, entertainment venues and hotels prepare to reopen, owners have a duty to identify and control risks associated with Legionella. If your building was closed or had reduced occupancy during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, water system stagnation can occur due to lack of use, increasing the risks of Legionnaires’ disease. You should review your risk assessment and manage the Legionella risks to protect people when the water system is reinstated or returned to use.

Legionella is a type of bacterium found naturally in freshwater environments, like lakes and streams. It can become a health concern when it grows and spreads in human-made building water systems such as:

Shower heads and sink faucets
Cooling towers (structures that contain water and a fan as part of centralised air cooling systems for building or industrial processes)
Hot tubs that aren’t drained after each use
Decorative fountains and water features
Hot water tanks and heaters
Large plumbing systems.

A mild form of Legionnaires’ disease known as Pontiac fever can produce fever, chills, headache and muscle aches. Pontiac fever doesn’t infect your lungs, and symptoms usually clear within two to five days.

More severe symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease frequently include:

Headache, muscle aches, fever, cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea, confusion, or other mental changes.

It is important to seek medical attention if you believe you have been exposed to the Legionella bacteria.

FOREST FIRES FEARS

The New Forest is on red alert and could be hit by a devastating fire as visitor numbers surge. Barbecues have been banned and an urgent safety warning has been issued. There are also fears that too many cars parked on verges will block fire engines trying to get to a blaze.

A huge forest fire in Wareham had a shocking impact on the landscape and wildlife with Hampshire Fire & Rescue for the New Forest urging the public to do their bit to help prevent further wildfires. We need to avoid incidents of this kind at all costs, to protect our community, precious nature sites and wildlife. The huge wildfire in Wareham Forest involved hundreds of firefighters and could have so easily been prevented. Highlighting the scale of the threat a Forestry England spokesman said the organisation had closed all the barbecue facilities at popular visitor sites across the district, but despite this, staff have reported a steady increase in the number of people using BBQs or lighting campfires in the Forest. In the New Forest alone, rangers have spoken to hundreds of people and extinguished many BBQs.

The Forest is very special and it isn’t a place where ‘anything goes’ we all need to behave responsibly and follow the New Forest Code, which covers parking, cycling and dog walking – plus the dangers of lighting campfires. At least seven forest fires have broken out in recent weeks, including one which sent flames shooting 40ft into the air.

For all the facts, go to www.forestryengland.uk