On Suffolk Day this year, the County has received an incredible helping hand from its most famous son, singing superstar Ed Sheeran who has made a ‘founding gift’ to launch Suffolk Community Foundation’s ‘Rebuilding Local Lives Appeal’.
The Community Foundation’s new appeal, launched today, sees BBC Radio Suffolk adding their support to The Suffolk Coronavirus Community partnership in Suffolk, which already includes the National Emergencies Trust (NET), East Anglian Daily Times, Community Action Suffolk, Suffolk Association of Local Councils, Suffolk County Council, District and Boroughs Councils and all those involved in Suffolk’s ‘Home But Not Alone’ initiative. It is hoped that the Rebuilding Local Lives Appeal will deliver more local giving to the Suffolk Coronavirus Community Fund, which has been created and delivered by the Foundation. The founding gift from Ed Sheeran moves everything a big step towards ‘Team Suffolk’ breaking through the fund’s £2M fundraising target.
We were so excited and grateful to receive this support from Ed; he has been so generous to our County in so many ways. The timing of the announcement of his wonderful gift – as we enter the ‘Suffolk Day Weekender’ – has provided a great reason for everyone to celebrate. Ed’s visibility as a supporter will really boost to our ability to raise awareness of the fund and this new appeal, and now we can inspire even more people to support Suffolk charities and community groups to get Suffolk lives back on track as we come out of lockdown.
The Suffolk Coronavirus Community Fund was created only three months ago and has already raised and distributed over £1.2M, supporting the work of over 230 Suffolk charities and community groups and reaching over 120,000 vulnerable people in the midst of the County’s fight against the Coronavirus pandemic.
Funds raised from the ‘Rebuilding Local Lives Appeal’ will quickly reach Suffolk charities and community groups via Suffolk Community Foundation grants programmes. Tim Holder continues, ‘‘We really hope that Ed’s gift will inspire many more Suffolk people to find out more about our work and give what they can afford to the appeal. Every penny is very much needed and appreciated. Suffolk charities, community groups and neighbourhood schemes are facing overwhelming levels of demand for the help and services they are providing to vulnerable people in Suffolk. It is impossible for all their voices to be heard at this time and giving a gift centrally to this appeal will enable those who want to pledge their financial support to really make a difference where help is needed most.’’
On Suffolk Day, traditionally the Community Foundation, The East Anglian Daily Times and BBC Radio Suffolk would be travelling the County to shine a light and celebrate the great work of Suffolk Charities. But this year with the launch of the ‘Re-Building Local Lives Appeal’, Suffolk people can offer a word of thanks and a donation to help our voluntary sector heroes proving that we really are ‘The Caring County’
Donations can be made online, or by making a telephone donation via the appeal hotline on 01473 786911 (weekday working hours).
Suffolk has responded to this crisis with compassion, stoicism and resilience. In spite of the sadness and difficulty, I am hearing so many stories of kindness, with communities coming together across the County to support the vulnerable and lonely.
Our great charities are working all hours to provide desperately needed aid to those in need. Now they need our help in this darkest hour. The marvellous news is that BBC Suffolk is joining Suffolk Community Foundation, The East Anglian Daily Times, ‘Home But Not Alone’ partners and local media right across Suffolk to launch this central fundraising appeal for the benefit of all, no matter what challenge they are facing. I’m sure this will prove to be an inspiration to us all.
In my role I’ve been able to talk with many charities about how they handling today and planning for the very difficult months and even years ahead. We need resources to support our voluntary sector to be able to equip people impacted to move forward with their lives. The new fund will help hugely with this and I hope we can all find a way to contribute to it. It’s not going to easy but I have confidence that we will pull together to get through this.
The experience of the impact of coronavirus in Suffolk has brought home once again the levels of poverty and need so many people are facing, in our towns and our villages. This fund will help us together to respond to this challenge, now made so much greater by the pandemic, and care for those in greatest need.
The work that Suffolk Community Foundation does to support the vulnerable and local charities has always been outstanding but now, more than ever, the role they play is vitally important and significant within the county. Thank you for all those that lend their support and Suffolk Constabulary looks forward to continuing to work closely with them.
Suffolk Day is always special for our County, but I’m so delighted that this year we are not only going to celebrate and thank the wonderful people of Suffolk for all the great things that they do, but also launch a new way to really help our most vulnerable at this difficult time. Today’s launch of Suffolk Community Foundation’s Rebuilding Local Lives Appeal has also been made all the more exciting and impactful because the founding donation has come from our biggest star of today. Thank you so much to Ed Sheeran for his wonderful generosity and for all the awareness his gift will bring. All the best to everyone in Suffolk as we all step up to support the Rebuilding Local Lives Appeal in any and every way we can. Thank you Suffolk!
This appeal is vital as it will provide much needed financial support for our charities and community groups as they continue to respond so magnificently to the Coronavirus emergency. Suffolk is well known as ‘The Caring County’ and we hope our community will step up and give generously in support of vulnerable local people. The impact we can make will be huge if we work together and having the support of Ed Sheeran gets us all off to a brilliant start.
Ed Sheeran photo credit: Archant