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Show of support helps Surviving Winter stay on course for target

PUBLISHED: 07:00 18 December 2014 | UPDATED: 09:34 18 December 2014

Panto cast from Wolsey Theatre supporting Surviving Winter campaign.

Panto cast from Wolsey Theatre supporting Surviving Winter campaign.

The Surviving Winter campaign is already closing in on the total amount raised last year to help vulnerable people in Suffolk – and is two-thirds of the way towards this year’s target.

So far the appeal, which asks people who are able to donate their winter fuel payments, either in part or in full, has raised £66,000.

Last winter’s campaign made £67,000, but this time organisers want to hit the £100,000 mark.

The annual initiative, spearheaded by the Suffolk Community Foundation, Age UK Suffolk and the EADT, aims to reduce winter deaths in Suffolk.

Hannah Bloom, director of fundraising and communication at Age UK Suffolk, said: “People are putting their health at risk as they are afraid to put the heating on.

“Please support the Surviving Winter campaign by making a donation and help keep older people warm in Suffolk this winter.”

Tim Holder, development director at the foundation, said as awareness has grown of the appeal, also supported by the East of England Co-operative Society and the Ipswich Building Society, so has demand.

He said: “This is why it is so important that we reach our target this year, to ensure that older people in need in our local communities are able to access help to heat their homes this winter.”

Emma Rawlingson, grants and donor co-ordinator at the foundation, added: “As we get closer to Christmas it is easy to forget about the difficulties that other people face, even those right on our own doorsteps.

“The Surviving Winter campaign is a simple, yet extremely effective method that enables the people of Suffolk to help older people living in fuel poverty.”

The appeal has so far received support from a number of organisations in addition to the generous donations of the public.

Among the latest supporters of the campaign is the New Wolsey Theatre, in Ipswich, and the cast from its pantomime Beauty and the Beast.

Jeni Raw, the theatre’s press officer, said: “We know how important the work Suffolk Community Foundation does and we’re incredibly happy to support the work they are doing for the Surviving Winter campaign.

“It’s amazing they have managed to raise £66,000 so quickly and with so much of winter still to come.

“Hopefully by the time the panto ends they will have reached their £100,000 total.”

EADT editor Terry Hunt said: “To have already almost equalled last year’s final total is truly amazing. The generosity of Suffolk people in supporting good causes is absolutely brilliant.

“The money raised so far will be able to help hundreds of vulnerable people to stay safe and warm in their homes during the coldest months of the year.

“We are two-thirds of the way to our target of £100,000. So, while it’s gone really well so far, we need those donations to keep coming.

“As awareness of the campaign grows, then so does the need. Thank you so much for your generosity – and please keep the money coming!”

To apply for a Surviving Winter grant call 01473 359911 or visit www.ageuksuffolk.org to find out more about the charity’s other services.

If you would like to donate to the campaign fill in the form on this page.

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