Suffolk Cost Of Living Surviving Winter Appeal 2022

The 12th Surviving Winter Appeal this year has been widened and will now help Suffolk people, with a three-pronged focus on ‘fuel, food and support’.

With many people already facing problems due to rapid increases in the cost of living, this year the annual appeal has been extended and renamed ‘Suffolk Cost of Living Surviving Winter Appeal’. Grants to help pay for fuel will be available as before, (to people of all ages), some food projects will be supported, and local charities, which are themselves facing huge challenges, could also be helped.  The Appeal is a joint initiative by Suffolk Community Foundation, Citizens Advice Ipswich, and Suffolk councils’ Warm Homes Healthy People. 

“Across the county there are many wonderful food projects, large and small, and this year the Appeal will give grants to help some of those providing food to meet the increased demand we know they are seeing.  We also want to help other smaller Suffolk charities who offer essential help and enable people to be self-sufficient, but are themselves facing challenges with stretched budgets,” Melanie Craig, the Chief Executive of Suffolk Community Foundation explained. “We are very grateful for the support of the Suffolk Building Society who are a donation point for us.”

in 2021/22, the Appeal raised nearly a quarter of a million pounds and provided warmth and other vital financial advice and support to over 1800 households across Suffolk.

“Our challenge now is to ensure that this year’s appeal is our most successful yet.

As always, we encourage people to hold on to their Winter Fuel Payment and other cost of living support if they need it to stay warm and well this winter. However, in the long held ‘Don’t Need it, Donate it’ spirit of this appeal, we ask that those who can make a donation, perhaps from their Government’s Winter Fuel Allowance, donate it to the Appeal,” Melanie added. 

The latest local data shows the sharpest rise in fuel poverty in Suffolk that we

have witnessed for some time. Despite local and national government support, it is estimated that a further 20,000 households (75,000 in total) are now struggling to meet their living costs and heat their homes as winter approaches.

If you would like to receive individual support from the SUFFOLK COST OF LIVING SURVIVING WINTER APPEAL, wherever you are in Suffolk, please contact Citizen’s Advice Ipswich on 01473 298634.

To donate to the Appeal, donate online by visiting www.suffolkcf.org.uk, telephone 01473 602 602 (during office hours), visit any branch of Suffolk Building Society to make a payment over the counter or fill in the coupon in today’s newspaper and send a cheque.

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