Surviving Winter Appeal 23/24

Thank you so much for kindly supporting our Surviving Winter appeal for 2023/24.

As the weather starts to improve and we look towards summer plans, the cold winter months become a distant memory. However, we know that for many people in Suffolk, the increasing costs associated with heating a home during the cold weather feels like an impossible task. This is why we established the Surviving Winter appeal and, now in its 13th year, the local need is greater than ever.   

With your help, the appeal raised £146,136 which has helped some of the most vulnerable households in Suffolk.  

Over 1,200 applications were received from households for support. However, Surviving Winter brings many other services to local people.  

Working with Citizen’s Advice Ipswich and branches across Suffolk, 87% of applicants were referred to the Local Welfare Assistance Scheme enabling them to access government help which is available for people who are struggling to afford the basics, such as food, heating, clothing and fuel.  

In addition, 940 people were helped via income maximisation, a review to check that individuals are receiving the right benefits and advice on moving into paid employment, childcare costs and benefit changes. 

Grant payments continue to be available for people who are struggling, and there are local organisations who are also able to help.   

Watch the Surviving Winter Appeal launch video HERE

Thank you from this year’s Surviving Winter Appeal sponsor 

“As a family company, we are deeply passionate about our local community, and are proud to support the dedicated team at Suffolk Community Foundation, and the Surviving Winter Appeal.

Together, we hope to raise awareness of the alarming rise in households experiencing fuel poverty, and encourage those that can, to donate and help keep those in need, warm this winter.”

Mediterranean Shipping Company (UK) Ltd.


As always, we encourage you to hold on to your Winter Fuel Payment and other cost of living support if you need it to stay warm and well this winter.

However, in the long held ‘Don’t Need it, Donate it’ spirit of this appeal, we ask that you give what you can.


You can donate to the Appeal online by using the button link below or by telephone T. 01473 602 602 (during office hours) or visit any branch of Suffolk Building Society to make a payment over the counter.

Please do also confirm if we are able to claim Gift Aid as this will boost your donation by a further 25% at no cost to you.


We’ve produced a range of digital assets and key messages to help everyone spread the news about this year’s appeal. Please feel free to download and use across your platforms.


If you live in Suffolk and you need support or would like to apply for a grant please visit the Citizens Advice website via the button link below or contact them on Tel.  01473 298634

Thank you to our partners and supporters of this years appeal

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