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Charity name

Age UK Suffolk


1948 (previously Age Concern and Help the Aged)

Head office based in

Claydon, Ipswich

Serving which counties / regions

Charity sector – older people’s services & support

Sector / focus

Charity sector – older people’s services & support

What key events do you have coming up in 2018

Regular fundraising calendar including corporate golf days, quiz nights, The Big Chinwag and Slip Into Slippers as well as Will Month in February 2018.

Do you have a specific ‘campaign plan’ or goal which needs support this year?

Celebrating our 70th anniversary and will be putting together a corporate engagement package

How might a company or individual carry out fundraising activity in support of your organisation?

Companies can benefit from supporting us by choosing us as their charity of the year, or by organising their own ad-hoc events throughout the year. They can also support the events that we organise ourselves, or sponsor key events. Individuals can support us by taking part in Will Month (if they do not have a will), hosting a Big Chinwag event, or organising their own fundraising activities – or they could take part in a Challenge event, such as skydiving, or an organised charity walk i.e. The Orwell Challenge.

Are you on the look for any trustees or volunteers?

We are currently looking for applications from potential trustees who have experience in fundraising, marketing, or health and social care. We are always looking for volunteers and have a host of great opportunities for people who may have a bit of spare time on their hands, as well as corporate volunteering.

Have you recently been a designated ‘charity of the year’ in the region? If so, which company did you have that relationship with?

We are about to enter our third and final year as Basepoint Ipswich’s charity of the year, which has made a huge difference to the charity. We are also supported by RBS Ipswich, Natwest, Tick Solutions in Lowestoft and Ufford Park as their designated charities.

Do you have figures for the charity’s ‘required income’ each year, or some scenario costs to help people understand what their fundraising would contribute to?

Each year, we have to generate £3m of income to be able to continue to support our vital services and support – the majority of this is funded by non-statutory sources – including fundraising, retail & trading, as well as some paid for services. The money that people raise for Age UK Suffolk all goes directly to supporting older people in the county, and just £50 could pay for a telephone befriender for a year, offering friendship and support to a lonely person, who may not have anyone else to talk to.

Are there any types of business or activity you COULD NOT consider working with?

Tell us your greatest achievement in the last year?

Our valuable relationships that we have built with new and long-standing supporters. Also putting together a cohesive and diverse calendar of fundraising events, that offer opportunties for people from all walks of life to get involved, is really important, and something we have worked hard on.

Who is the best contact for further detail about working with you?

Jo Reeder – Head of Fundraising & Marketing – 07885 512210 – jo.reeder@ageuksuffolk.org