Ipswich charity FIND launches £100,000 Lifeline Appeal

Ipswich charity Families in Need (FIND), which provides thousands of food parcels to people in crisis each year, has launched an appeal to raise £100,000 for a new base in Ipswich.

The East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star are backing the FIND 50 Lifeline Appeal which is calling for 50 workplaces, schools, groups or individuals to each raise £2,000 in 2018 so the vital work of FIND can continue.

A number of local businesses, including Barker Gotelee Solicitors, PR agency Genesis, Barnes Construction, Castons and Hoopers Architects are working pro bono for FIND. The Mayor of Ipswich, Councillor Sarah Barber, has given her support to FIND by making it one of her three selected charities.

FIND was established nearly thirty years ago by Maureen Reynel and since then the demand for food parcels from people in poverty and crisis has risen year on year. The charity now provides over 70 food parcels per week along with personal care items, bedding, furniture and other items where a person or family has none.

To run the service a small army of over 100 volunteers work six days a week checking and sorting food, collecting items from local stores, making up the food parcels and delivering them. This Christmas the charity is helping over 2,000 people in crisis living in Ipswich and the wider community by giving food parcels and Christmas gifts.

Donations of non-perishable food items and toiletries can be made to any local participating East of England Co-op, Waitrose at Futura Park and Sainsbury’s at Warren Heath or donate online at www.findipswich.org.uk/donate/.

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