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Wednesday, December 25, 2013
The team behind this year’s Surviving Winter appeal have praised the generosity of the public as donations to the cause to help people in fuel poverty edged closer to £60,000.
The annual campaign, spearheaded by the Suffolk Community Foundation, Age UK Suffolk and The EADT, was recently boosted by a large donation which saw the amount raised since the start of November rise to £58,000.
Surviving Winter urges those who feel they are able to forgo their winter fuel payments to donate, either in part or all, to the appeal which aims to reduce winter deaths in Suffolk.
Stephen Singleton, Chief Executive of Suffolk Community Foundation, said: “The campaign continues to benefit from the generosity of The EADT’s readers for which we are extremely grateful.
“We are also delighted to reach such a high level of donations before Christmas as demand for support has increased significantly since last year. “On the back of the publicity surrounding the appeal, the fund has attracted a large donation from a private charitable trust.”
It has also emerged that Age UK Suffolk has now distributed 103 grants to older people this winter to help with the cost of fuel bills and the fixing and replacing of heating facilities – the grants total £25,000.
Helen Taylor, information manager from Age UK Suffolk, said: “Grants have been used in a variety of ways – but overall the receipt of these funds has provided the reassurance to the older people involved that they can put their heating on when they need to during this winter, with the double benefit of increasing comfort levels and easing some of their financial worries.
“It is so good to have these funds available to help older people out this winter and I am very pleased with the support from the Suffolk public for the appeal so far.”
Julie Rose, grants officer at the foundation, added: “We are so very pleased with the generosity of the people of Suffolk towards the Surviving Winter Campaign.
“As a Grants Officer, I come into contact with a wide range of groups for older people which have highlighted to me how very important this campaign is to support older people living in fuel poverty.”
Terry Hunt, editor of the EADT, praised the generosity of this year’s fundraisers and urged people to carry on donating.
He added: “I would like to thank all of our readers and everyone else who has responded to our campaign and dug deep to give so generously to this good cause.
“Reaching £58,000 is an incredible amount. We are really helping those in need this winter so let’s keep on raising that figure with even more donations.”
The campaign, which comes as anxiety continues over the rising cost of gas and electricity, is also backed by the East of England Co-operative Society and the Ipswich Building Society.