Suffolk: Ipswich Building Society backs Surviving Winter campaign
PUBLISHED: 12:00 18 November 2011
A LEADING Suffolk businesses has today joined a drive to save hundreds of lives and help some of the county’s most vulnerable residents cope with freezing temperatures and soaring heating bills.
Ipswich Building Society has announced its branches will be accepting donations for the Surviving Winter appeal.
The campaign was launched last week by the Suffolk Foundation and Age UK Suffolk in partnership with the EADT.
It is encouraging individuals who can afford to do so to donate their Winter Fuel Payment to those who are less fortunate than themselves.
Each of Ipswich Society’s branches throughout the county will be accepting donations over the coming months to help raise as much money as possible.
Chief executive Paul Winter said: “As it gets colder many of us will simply turn our heating up, but there are a lot of people who are unable to afford the rising fuel costs and will struggle to heat their homes this winter.
“I am proud to be donating my Winter Fuel Allowance to the campaign and our branches will happily accept any donations, big or small, which will help those who may need a little extra support to keep warm over the coming months.”
Donations to the appeal will be accepted in branches in Ipswich, Hadleigh, Woodbridge, Aldeburgh, Haverhill, Saxmundham, Sudbury and Halesworth.
Thousands of pounds has already been pledged to the campaign and it has received high level backing from the likes of the Right Reverend Nigel Stock, Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, entertainer Roy Hudd and former chief executive of Lloyd’s of London, Sir David Rowland.
In order to qualify for the Winter Fuel Payment payment in 2011/2012, you must have reached age 60 on or before January 5, 2011. Call the Winter Fuel Helpline on 0845 9151515 or visit www.direct.gov.uk for more information.
While for the vast majority of people the payment is a vital benefit, there are those on higher incomes who may feel they could manage without it and the money could be better spent on someone else.
To make a donation to the campaign visit www.localgiving.com/communityfoundation/suffolk.