Friends of Imperial College 2020/21 programme appeal Donate Dear Friend, Given the escalating situation with COVID-19, we had to make the difficult decision to postpone all our upcoming events remaining in the 2019-20 programme. It was not a decision that was made lightly however the welfare of speakers, colleagues and attendees is our highest priority. The events included the visit to Sanger Wellcome Institute Cambridge; lectures on Gravity Waves, Immunology and Fusion Power; and the Friends Annual Summer Party. We have already had to cancel our April Science Tour to the European Space Research and Technology Centre, Netherlands plus the lecture last week on Higgs cosmology and dark matter. We will now refund any monies to those who have paid for tickets to the cancelled events. However I would like to make a plea to any ticket holders to consider using your imminent refund as a donation to Friends of Imperial College. Anyone can also give a direct donation too by choosing an amount through the donate button above and following the steps to payment. We are highly reliant on ticket sales alongside the annual Membership subscriptions to fund the running of Friends and the ability to make a difference together. Having organised, and then postponed these events we have been exposed to losses. In order to plan our next season's events with confidence I am seeking your support. Ways in which you can do this are below. We also completely understand if this is not possible at the moment.Thank you for your understanding and we sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused. We wish everyone the best during these difficult times.Roderick Rhys JonesChair of Friends of Imperial College Two simple ways to make a donation 1) If you are due a ticket refund but you are happy to use this as a donation to Friends instead, email our Administrator here over the next few days and let us know2) Donate directly by clicking on the donate button above or the link here, choose an amount and follow the steps to payment. Please note this will give you the option to display your name and donation amount. Feel free to untick the box! Donations are particularly valuable to Friends and they can be augmented by Gift Aid for qualifying donors, adding a further 25% to the donation.Thank you for your support!