December 13 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Actor Roger Lloyd Pack is supporting the vital campaign to help needy old folks heat their homes this winter.
You can give a donation direct to the appeal at any branch of Barclays Bank in Norfolk. Just fill in the credit slip using the following details:
Surviving Winter Appeal,
Sort Code: 20-62-53,
Bank Account: 03282503.
You can now donate to the Surviving Winter campaign by text from any UK network via JustTextGiving.
The campaign’s code is NFCF11, which needs to be followed by the amount £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 (max), and send to 70070.
For example: A donor would text ‘NFCF11 £5’ and send it to 70070 to donate £5.
All text donations are free and no VAT is charged.
Some supporters choose to donate an amount equivalent to their own winter fuel allowance if they do not need it themselves, or pop a cheque in the post for the amount of their choice. To do that, cut out the coupon, on the opposite page, and put it in an envelope with your payment, which should be made payable to the Norfolk Community Foundation and sent to Norfolk Community Foundation, St James Mill, Whitefriars, Norwich, NR3 1TN.
Norfolk-based Mr Lloyd Pack, who last year donated his winter fuel allowance to the campaign, said he would be supporting it again this year.
While fuel bills are rising yet again, government cutbacks mean £100,000 which last year helped Norfolk’s needy stay warm will not be available this winter.
“We are constantly having to defend our services and cuts continue to threaten the most vulnerable,” he said.
“That really is shocking and yet it continues. While we can make our views clear, we also need to do whatever we can ourselves in terms of keeping our elderly out of danger in Norfolk because the need is now pretty immediate – there’s less mainstream funding available, fuel prices have risen and winter is on the way.
“We all need to do what we can to help.
“If that means turning our pockets out for loose change and dropping it in to our local Barclays branch or pledging a pound or two on phones, then let’s get on with it.”
Last year’s EDP-backed Surviving Winter appeal, run by the Norfolk Community Foundation and Age UK Norfolk, helped more then 450 households. Since September 1, the appeal has agreed 37 grants totalling £5,634.
Jasmine Toombs, from Age UK Norfolk, said 17 were for help with gas and 20 were to help buy heating oil.
“For others they have some oil remaining but seek our help to put with the Winter Fuel payment to meet the full cost,” she said. “Requests for gas are generally to keep the monthly payments at an affordable level rather than increasing which then leaves insufficient for other bills. Of those spoken to so far, I have referred six people to our benefit take-up department for help with claiming Attendance Allowance as it has appeared from our discussion that they may have an entitlement to claim this benefit.
“If successful, this will help increase their weekly income.”
Last year Mr Lloyd Pack spoke out over plans to cut the number of ambulances in Norfolk, saying he was told to wait four hours for one while seriously ill.