Back in January, we were pleased to announce that our chosen Charity of the Year for 2020 was Age UK Suffolk. Over the past few months, we have really enjoyed getting to know the team there, finding out more about the work they do and helping support their Chinwags and other initiatives.
It was therefore with a heavy heart that we learned that from the 24th July, the charity ceased operating and is no longer able to continue with their work. Financial challenges compounded by significant financial losses due the coronavirus crisis made continuing impossible.
This is, of course, devastating news for all of those involved in the charity – employees, volunteers, and older people in the community who have valued their support. Our thoughts go out to all of those people affected.
We’re supporting Norfolk and Norwich Hospitals Charity
In light of this news, for the remainder of 2020 and into 2021, we will now be supporting the work of the Norfolk and Norwich Hospitals Charity instead.
The N&N Hospitals Charity raises money to support patients, their families and staff at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which includes the N&N Hospital, Jenny Lind Children’s Hospital and Cromer Hospital. We hope you agree that this is a very worthwhile cause.
We have been supporting the Norfolk and Norwich Hospitals Charity alongside our chosen Charity of the Year for a number of years through Eddie Teddie’s book. Proceeds from the sale of the books goes towards supplying MediBears to the Jenny Lind Hospital (although we’ve had to review this to include other items they need in light of the current crisis where a shared soft toy is not appropriate). We are also involved in their Will Month in October through our sister company, Face to Face Estate Planning. So, making them our official chosen charity for the coming months feel like the right step to take.
Whilst we are saddened by the fate of Age UK Suffolk, we are looking forward to working more closely with the Norfolk and Norwich Hospitals Charity. We’ll keep you up-to-date on what that involves through our monthly email newsletter. If you’re not already signed up to receive it, you can do so here: https://ftof-finance.co.uk/newsletter/