Suffolk Family Carers’ 8 Days a Week campaign raises £100,000

Suffolk Family Carers chief executive Jacqui Martin at the offices of the charity on Hill View Business Park, Claydon, Ipswich. Suffolk Family Carers chief executive Jacqui Martin at the offices of the charity on Hill View Business Park, Claydon, Ipswich.

Friday, May 16, 2014
12:32 PM

As Suffolk Family Carers’ 8 Days a Week appeal hits the £100,000 mark, the East Anglian Daily Times has joined the charity’s campaign to help the county’s army of “invisible” carers.

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How you can help

Suffolk Family Carers has a range of ways you can donate to the 8 Days a Week appeal.

From sending in a cheque, donating by phone or even giving money via text, there are plenty of opportunities to help fund the charity’s mobile family carers’ centre.

Schools can also get involved, specifically with the Coins for Carers 2p Challenge.

During the week of June 9, Suffolk Family Carers wants all the schools in the county to lining some of their school grounds with 2p coins.

This could be anything from covering all the lines on a sports court to, if you’re feeling ambitious, the entire parameter of the school’s grounds.

And the charity will also be at the Suffolk Show on May 28-29 with a stand giving details of how you can help with the mobile carers’ centre.

Visit suffolkfamilycarers.org for a full list of upcoming events.

Or if you have a fundraiser for the charity coming up let BBC Radio Suffolk know and they will help to publicise it on air.

The fundraising drive to buy a mobile family carers’ centre was launched last November and today it was announced the money raised had hit six figures and the vehicle has been ordered.

BBC Radio Suffolk has been spearheading the appeal and now, to help keep the momentum going, the EADT has signed up to help push the total even higher.

The appeal is to buy and run a vehicle for two years to travel around Suffolk to provide support for the many “hidden” carers in Suffolk.

Jacqui Martin, CEO of Suffolk Family Carers, said the “natural partnership” between radio and newspaper was a great boost to the appeal.

“The bonus of the EADT coming on board is absolutely brilliant,” Mrs Martin said. “It’ll certainly broaden the reach of the campaign and awareness of the organisation.

“I think it will keep pressure up. We’ve done some cracking events and people have been brilliant but this will reach different people.

“It’s all about bringing in other partners. We still want people to carry on doing things. This wouldn’t be possible without the people of Suffolk.”

Mrs Martin said the appeal was “a real statement that Suffolk Family Carers do such a great job”, adding: “They save the health system so much money.

“The care they undertake is so important to the families and it’s so important to me personally that we’re supported by Suffolk people.

“Suffolk people love supporting Suffolk charities.”

Peter Cook, editor of BBC Radio Suffolk, said: “I’m thrilled that we’ve reached this important milestone so that we can buy the vehicle and delighted that the East Anglian Daily Times is joining us in the campaign to raise the money we need to get it on the road and help thousands of carers across Suffolk over the next two years.”

Terry Hunt, EADT editor, said: “I’m delighted that the EADT is on board to boost this brilliant campaign.

“We know there are many, many carers who live in rural, isolated parts of the county – and this campaign will enable Suffolk Family Carers to reach and support them even more than they do now.

“Our readers are always incredibly generous when supporting excellent local causes – you only have to think back a few years to the Treehouse fundraising campaign – and I’m sure this will be exactly the same.”

• Yesterday it was announced Suffolk Family Carers had been shortlisted in the 2014 Charity Awards.

They are one of three organisations with a chance of winning the social care and welfare category.

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