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Get your Bobbles Out!

Age UK Suffolk has been delighted by the fantastic support received from local companies, a local dance group, schools, a rugby club, football club and individuals, all of whom are taking part in ‘Bobble Day’ on 8th February 2013.

‘Bobble Day’ is part of the national Age UK campaign “Spread The Warmth” to help raise awareness and encourage older people to contact their local Age UK if they need help to keep warm and to feel less isolated this winter. All money raised locally will go towards helping older people in Suffolk.

So far Ipswich Building Society is promoting ‘Bobble Day’ in all of their nine branches and they are organising a special ‘orange themed’ event at the Tower Ramparts, Ipswich branch on Monday 4th February. Donations can be made directly through any of their branches.

Legal and General have joined up and will be organising staff ‘orange themed’ events and selling bobbles. FunDancing, a local dance group have offered their support and are organising dance events during the week leading up to ‘Bobble Day’ on 8th February. They are encouraging their members to dress in orange and come along and have some fun and wear a bobble. New members are very welcome; please contact Janet Drake on 07506 350455 or visit their website www.fundancing.co.uk.

Otley College, Elveden Primary School and Clare Primary School are organising bobble day events such as tea parties and orange themed activities. The Ipswich Rugby Club has also joined us and they will be promoting the event at their club over the next few weeks.

Ipswich Town Football Club will be helping to promote the campaign with players from the first team squad attending a signing session at the Age UK Suffolk Furniture Shop in Carr Street, Ipswich, between 4pm and 5pm on Tuesday 5th February.

Mark Murphy of BBC Radio Suffolk is heading up the “Spread the Warmth” campaign and together with Age UK Suffolk is once again asking individuals, local businesses, schools, organisations and local clubs to support the campaign and take part on Bobble Day on Friday 8th February 2013.
Maggie James, Fundraising and Development Officer, said, “we are so pleased that Mark Murphy of Radio Suffolk is helping us by heading up the ‘Spread the Warmth’ campaign and promoting ‘’Bobble Day’ for the charity.

We are delighted that we now have the support of Ipswich Building Society, Legal & General, FunDancing (a local dance group), local schools, Otley College, The Ipswich Rugby Club and ITFC. If you would like to help us please contact our head office. Orange bobbles will be available from our Age UK Suffolk charity shops, or direct from our head office in Claydon – contact 01473 359911 to talk to our fundraising team. All ideas welcome!

“This winter, we are working in partnership with Suffolk County Council’s Warm Homes, Healthy People initiative, which assists Suffolk residents to make their homes more energy efficient” said Maggie. “We are also distributing Surviving Winter Grants to older people in need through our partnership with the Suffolk Foundation”

“Our message to older people is that they should keep their heating on during any cold weather and contact Age UK Suffolk if they are worried about their fuel bills.” Concluded Maggie “People who would like to talk about winter related issues, request a Surviving Winter Grant, or obtain copies of our useful ‘Winter Wrapped Up’ guide, (which includes a free room thermometer) should contact our head office on 01473 359911.

If you would like to make a donation please contact the Fundraising Department on 01473 298688.

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