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Surviving Winter: Let’s help others to stay safe through chill of winter in Ipswich again

16 November, 2012 - 12:21
Woman sleeping by heater

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AFTER £55,000 was kindly donated by people across Suffolk last year, the Surviving Winter Appeal is hoping to help save hundreds of more lives over the coming months.

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Why Surviving Winter is so important

Between 2007 and 2010 on average 454 vulnerable people in Suffolk have died each year from causes directly attributable to cold and poor living conditions.

The vast majority of those affected were over 65 years old.

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

Last year the national Surviving Winter appeal received more than £2.5 million in donations.

In Suffolk a total of £55,000 was raised by the campaign.

Across the county 250 grants were distributed, each totalling about £250.

The 2012 Surviving Winter fundraising initiative, led by Age UK Suffolk, The Suffolk Foundation and The Ipswich Star, needs your support to help vulnerable people pay their energy bills and stay warm as the temperatures plummet.

With many older people having to make the stark choice between heating their homes or putting food on the table, The Suffolk Foundation is launching the second Surviving Winter Appeal to help reduce fuel poverty and isolation in Suffolk.

Anyone that feels they are able to forgo their Winter Fuel Payment can donate either part or all of it to the Surviving Winter Appeal to help make a difference to someone’s life and reduce fuel poverty in Suffolk.

Stephen Singleton, chief executive of The Suffolk Foundation, said: “Winter is a worrying and isolating time for Suffolk’s older population, with many people unaware that there are organisations like Age UK Suffolk that can help them.

“Last year, the Surviving Winter Appeal was a huge success and thanks to the support of the public, the campaign raised a total of £55,000, which was given as grants to older people in need in Suffolk.

“But this still wasn’t enough, the demand was even higher and we know that we could have helped many more older people. This is why we are launching the appeal again this year, with the experience and support of Age UK Suffolk, we want to reach out and help older people again this winter.”

Nationally this is the second year that community foundations will be running the appeal. Last year, the Surviving Winter Appeal received an enormous amount of support from the public, generating more than £2.5 million in total across the UK.

Forms will be printed regularly in the Star over the coming weeks and all the details will be available to help people make a contribution.

This year, with the support of the East of England Co-operative Society, The Suffolk Foundation is aiming to help even more older people stay warm and pledge forms will be available in all stores throughout the winter.

For more information or if you would like to donate your Winter Fuel Payment, please fill out the form printed in today’s Star, call The Suffolk Foundation directly on 01473 602602 or visit The Suffolk Foundation’s website, www.suffolkfoundation.org.uk.

Are you affected by this issue? Write to Your Letters, Ipswich Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail starletters@archant.co.uk

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  • So, the seasonal old chestnut of helping those in need from protection from the cold rears its head again. Well, there is more space than you can shake a stick at in the disused wings of the St Clements hospital. Everything you could need is already there and it is unlikey to be used for anything else for a while. As with most things, the answer is on the doorstep. Now what's required is for people to overcome the objections as to why it shouldn't be used. Maybe the Star could put pressure on and mount a campaign for common sense.

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