The Felixstowe Flyer July 2020

Superstar Ed Sheeran makes stunning Suffolk Day gift

On Suffolk Day this year, the County has received an incredible helping hand from its most famous son, singing superstar Ed Sheeran who has made a ‘founding gift’ to launch Suffolk Community Foundation’s ‘Rebuilding Local Lives Appeal’.

The Community Foundation’s new appeal, launched today, see’s BBC Radio Suffolk adding their support to The Suffolk Coronavirus Community partnership in Suffolk which already includes the National Emergencies Trust (NET), East Anglian Daily Times, Community Action Suffolk, Suffolk Association of Local Councils, Suffolk County Council, District and Boroughs Councils and all those involved in Suffolk’s ‘Home But Not Alone’ initiative.

It is hoped that the Re-Building Local Lives Appeal will deliver more local giving to the Suffolk Coronavirus Community Fund, which has been created and delivered by the Foundation. The founding gift from Ed Sheeran moves everything a big step towards ‘Team Suffolk’ breaking through the fund’s £2M fundraising target.

Suffolk Community Foundation’s Head of Public Affairs Tim Holder says ‘We were so excited and grateful to receive this support from Ed, he has been so generous to our County in so many ways. The timing of the announcement of his wonderful gift- as we enter the ‘Suffolk Day Weekender’ – has provided a great reason for everyone to celebrate. Ed’s visibility as a supporter will really boost our ability to raise awareness of the fund and this new appeal and now we can inspire even more people to support Suffolk charities and community groups to get Suffolk lives back on track as we come out of lockdown.’

The Suffolk Coronavirus Community Fund was created only three months ago and has already raised and distributed over £1.2M, supporting the work of over 230 Suffolk charities and community groups and reaching over 120,000 vulnerable people in the midst of the County’s fight against the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Funds raised from the ‘Rebuilding Local Lives Appeal’ will quickly reach Suffolk charities and community group via Community Foundation grants programmes.

Tim Holder continued, ‘We really hope that Ed’s gift will inspire many more Suffolk people to find out more about our work and give what they can afford to the appeal. Every penny is very much needed and appreciated.

Donations can be made online via www.suffolkcf.org.uk, and by making a telephone donation via the appeal hotline on 01473 786911 (weekday working hours).