This winter, people in Norfolk could be colder, hungrier, more isolated, and more anxious than ever before. Norfolk Community Foundation has subsequently launched an emergency appeal to raise essential funding for the charities, voluntary organisations and community groups that will provide a vital lifeline to our county.

When the global pandemic hit, the Norfolk Community Foundation stepped up immediately. Since the emergency Covid-19 Community Response was launched in March, with help from the public, local businesses and grants, the Foundation has invested close to £2 million of urgent aid.  This funding enabled Norfolk charities to deliver essential support to the people who needed them: helping them deal with everything from exhausting, everyday challenges to life shattering issues and crisis situations.

But sadly, the situation is likely to get worse as we move into the colder, winter months and face further lockdown restrictions and job losses.

“The global pandemic has only amplified the challenges that many families and individuals are dealing with, and as we all face greater anxiety from health fears, isolation and unemployment moving into winter, the situation in Norfolk is likely to get worse for thousands of people who are, already, barely coping,” says Claire Cullens, Chief Executive of Norfolk Community Foundation.

“Our fantastic local charities, community groups and voluntary organisations are ready to help, but they need money to deliver their services,” continues Claire.  “Our job is to inspire people and organisations to give so we can then make sure our local charities have the resources they need to carry on doing the work our communities depend on as we move in to what is sure to be a difficult winter.”

Winter is always a difficult time for many people in Norfolk; particularly the homeless, elderly and isolated.  “We have run a Surviving Winter Appeal for the last few years, but it’s never been more important than it is in 2020,” says Claire.  “Whether you are struggling to pay your bills and feed your family, have lost a loved one, experienced anxiety, been made redundant or struggled with ill-health; Covid-19 has had a devastating impact on many of us.  People who have never asked for the support of a charity before have needed help in order to get by.”

The Surviving the Covid Winter appeal has been launched to encourage people and businesses in Norfolk to support the continuing work of local charities and voluntary organisations.

“We would urge anyone who can afford to give, even a small amount, to get in touch with us,” says Claire. “Perhaps you receive a winter fuel allowance that you don’t need and would like to help someone else to stay warm?  Your experience of lockdown may not have been too bad, and you feel that you’d like to support your community.  Every pound that we raise will enable charities to provide a vital lifeline to people in Norfolk this winter.”

How you can help
  • Donate quickly and securely online
  • Call us on 01603 623958 to make a card payment
  • Send a cheque to Norfolk Community Foundation, 5th Floor St James Mill, Whitefriars, Norwich, NR3 1TN