Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 2°C

min temp: -1°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Suffolk: Joy as campaign to help vulnerable stay warm smashes through £50,000 mark

06:00 24 December 2012

The Surviving Winter campaign has now raised £50,000.

The Surviving Winter campaign has now raised £50,000.

Archant

A FUNDRAISING appeal to help vulnerable Suffolk people stay warm is on course to rake in a record haul.

The Surviving Winter campaign, which sees readers donate their winter fuel payment, has smashed through the £50,000 barrier.

The initiative - led by East Anglian Daily Times, Age UK Suffolk and The Suffolk Foundation - raised £55,000 last year and helped 250 people.

A charity involved with the campaign said they were “astounded and delighted” by the response to this year’s appeal.

It comes as many of the major energy firms raised their prices this year.

According to independent price comparison website uSwitch.com, the annual cost of heating home has increased from £360 to £587 in five years.

More than 56,000 households in Suffolk are in fuel poverty.

And, on average, 454 vulnerable people die in the county each winter from causes directly attributable to cold and poor living conditions.

Stephen Singleton, chief executive of The Suffolk Foundation, said: “We are simply astounded and delighted by the reaction to the Surviving Winter Appeal and would like to thank the East Anglian Daily Times readers for their generosity and desire to help vulnerable older people.

“The support has already enabled Age UK Suffolk to start distributing grants to those most in need and as expected, we are seeing a significant demand for help as we progress with the campaign.

“This year our aim is to reach out to even more older people in need and with this continued generous support we are determined to make that happen.”

Winter fuel payments range from £100-£300, depending on your age and circumstances. Anyone getting the state pension should be entitled to the payments; more is given to those over 80.

1 comment

  • Wonderful generosity from the EADT readership, certainly. But we must not lose sight of why, in one of the wealthiest countries in the world, there are still people so poor that they are not properly able to heat their homes. That is something we should all contemplate over this Christmas period.

    Report this comment

    Origami Penguin

    Monday, December 24, 2012

Mick McCarthy walks off the pitch at Sincil Bank last night

This morning, in the wake of the most humiliating night in Ipswich Town’s history, we ask - is it time for boss Mick McCarthy to go?

MP and Crime Commissioner pledge to intervene as mental health trust stays silent over troubled woman. Photo PA

A Suffolk MP and the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner have pledged to do all they can to help a troubled young woman who feels abandoned by the mental health service.

Julian Ditcham with the Drager Alcotest used by Suffolk Constabulary.

A drink-driver who was twice the legal limit was caught after colliding with a parked car outside Halesworth police station.

Matthew Kersey and Tanya Boyd in happier times

A domestic violence victim assaulted by her partner when she was 25 weeks pregnant with their child said she has been left traumatised by his actions.

Station Road in Trimley, close to where a lorry went into an electricity pole. Image: Peter Wiles

Service is still to be restored to the final remaining customers whose power was cut off after a lorry collided with an electricity pole last night.

Trains were delayed between Ipswich and Manningtree.

A points failure between Ipswich and Manningtree led to disruption to rush-hour rail services to London on Wednesday.

Burglary spike in December

A senior detective has warned residents to be vigilant after burglaries in Suffolk increased by 40% in December.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

MyDate24 MyPhotos24