In partnership with the East Anglian Daily Times, East of England Co-op, Citizens Advice, Warm Homes Healthy People, Rural Coffee Caravan, Ipswich Building Society, Age UK Suffolk, Flagship Group and Meet Up Mondays, we are pleased to announce that this year’s Surviving Winter Appeal is now live!

Thank you so much for your generous support of our Surviving Winter Appeal in previous years.

In 2018/19 we really broke new ground together, raising over £125,000 with almost 500 people donating all or part of their Winter Fuel Payment – an incredible achievement. Thank you all.

With your support, we were able to heat over 800 households right across Suffolk – another incredible achievement. Our partners also helped 100’s of people with other issues that were affecting them including support with debit issues, energy tariffs, home heating and insulation improvements and increasing numbers of people experiencing loneliness and isolation.

And this year, with over 43,000 people of all ages living in deprivation in Suffolk and needing our help, we are setting ourselves a new challenge and an additional new fund to support – The Winter Crisis Appeal.

This fund will be directed to support people in Suffolk in the same way as The Surviving Winter Appeal, but will open up the opportunity for us to support vulnerable people of all ages, most particularly children and individuals suffering poor physical or mental health.

Of course, we will continue to grow and develop Suffolk’s Surviving Winter Appeal and will ensure that every penny given to this fund continues to be distributed only to older people as it has in the past.

As always, we encourage you to hold on to your Winter Fuel Payment if you now need it. It’s vital that you too stay warm and well this winter. However, if you are still able to donate your Winter Fuel Payment or are one of the growing number of people of all ages simply making a donation to this appeal, we will be delighted to receive your support.

Christine from North Suffolk is just one of the hundreds of people helped by last year’s appeal.

”I lost my husband earlier this year and it was a terrible blow. On top of this I’ve discovered that I am financially in a very difficult position now.  I need to get out to meet people to stay well in my mind, but I live in the countryside and I can’t afford to travel and have the heat in my home that is vital for me to stay physically well. I’ve been using the last of my coal and staying by the fire in my living room because I didn’t have any money to buy oil for my central heating, the rest of the house is very cold without that, my bedroom and bathroom and terribly cold and the winter hasn’t really even started yet. I’ve always been a very strong person, but often I just can’t stop crying because I’m so frustrated and scared about the future.”

”The Surviving Winter Appeal is the sort of thing I would have given to in the past and at this time last year I would have been making up a box for the local food bank, I always did that every year. But now it’s me who needs the help. It’s really hard to accept, but I have to and I can’t tell you what a huge relief it has been to receive help from this appeal. For me and many other people in Suffolk, it must be a life saver. I’m so grateful to everyone for their generosity, gentle understanding and kindness.’’

If you would like to donate to either of the appeals, click the buttons below or call us on 01473 602602. You can also donate at any branch of Ipswich Building Society. 

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