East of England Co-op Community Cares Fund re-opens to offer vital financial support to community groups
Do you want promote your business but do it in a way that shows support for a community project close to your heart?
The Felixstowe Community Cupboard is an entirely community run project that aims to support anyone in need, regardless of their situation. Situated on Bishops Close off Roman Way, it’s hard to miss with its bright blue exterior! The cupboard uses a ‘take-what-you-need,-leave-what-you-can’ model, relying on donations from those who are able. The most common compliment received is the anonymity using the cupboard offers, allowing people to take what they need at any time and without having to speak to someone.
A busy summer is always best, especially for charities! Here's the team from the Felixstowe Community Hospital League Of Friends to tell you about their many activities this summer 😊
As the cost of living continues to rise, basic essentials are becoming increasingly expensive and many people find themselves struggling in some way. The Felixstowe Community Cupboard was created to help those who may not have access to the items that they need day-to-day. As a fully community run project, the cupboard aims to provide as many non-perishable food, toiletries, and household items as possible so that anyone can take what they need. There are no rules as to who can use the cupboard, it is open to everyone, there is simply one motto: ‘Take what you need, Leave what you can’. If you are able, please leave donations in the cupboard so we can continue to help more people. If you need something, please take whatever you can use. We strive to ensure the community feel safe in knowing that if they ever find themselves in a position where they need something, they will have easy access to it through the cupboard. Thank you so much to everyone who has used, donated to, and…
Felixstowe Community Hospital League of Friends Supporting Felixstowe Hospital and health services in caring for our community
In my last article I wrote that you need to stop waiting to do things and push yourself out of your comfort zone. Well… I took my own advice and booked in to do a charity extreme abseil from the top of the maternity block at Ipswich Hospital. I’m fully questioning why on earth I would do this as I am petrified of heights. I can’t even look out of a five-story window. I can’t walk over one of those glass floors. I cry during most airplane take offs. But I have started pushing myself and even managed to walk out (tentatively) onto a viewing platform in the hills in Andalusia, Spain, in March. That being said, this platform had a steel mesh floor and I definitely did not look down and my gaze was definitely firmly fixed on the horizon, and I definitely may have run back off it!
Fun Run 2023 is open to everyone and involves running (or walking) as many laps as possible in one hour starting at 11.00 am around a 1mile circuit centred on the Felixstowe Spa Pavilion. Fancy dress is encouraged and more serious runners too. For full details and an opportunity to signup online see felixstowerotaryclub.org
With an every-changing world in more and more need of support by local people, larger companies have pulled up their wellies more than ever to fulfil their corporate social responsibility.
We know that reading is a very important skill to possess, especially in today’s world. Reading not only helps to improve our knowledge and understanding of a variety of topics, but it also helps us to develop our language skills, boost our creativity, and increase our concentration. It helps us broaden our horizons, as it exposes us to more cultures, people, and situations. Reading is also fantastic for developing your creative skills, and reading is fundamental for a child's development.
The RSPCA Suffolk Central Branch exists to help animals in need in your local area, through rehoming, rehabilitation and provision of services such as veterinary care, neutering, microchipping and advice.
The local fund raising group for Cancer Research has been established in Felixstowe for at least the last 25 years, maybe even longer. I started as a ‘friend’ of the group while I was still working and gradually played a more active role once I retired. In the past there was quite a large number of people involved so events took place once every 2 or 3 months; dog walks, street collections and various smaller events. We also had a ball and a concert and have raised a lot of money over the years. Gradually, however, committee members and helpers grew less in number and we are now reduced to 6 committee members and very few extra helpers.
Children’s literacy charity Schoolreaders is urgently looking for enthusiastic volunteers who can help spread the joy of reading to children in Suffolk primary schools especially around Felixstowe.
Hi, my name is Millie and on the 28th of February I’m braving the shave in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. My dad was diagnosed with terminal colon cancer at the end of June 2022. He passed away on the 29th of August. My dad was my calm in the storm, my perspective... He made me feel safe - grazed knees, tummy aches, bad dreams, he was there. He was the first man to love me, to kiss me, to cuddle me. I have more memories than I do time to write them down. I think most of all I miss Friday nights when we would stay up late listening to his favourite songs. He would sing and I would dance - laughter filled the air around us. I never heard my father raise his voice, he was gentle, tender. I truly believe my dad would have done anything for me - this, however, was not something he could change.
On Saturday 28th January, Felixstowe Lions Club President Lion David Cole and I met Michael Crisp and Dave Edwards, station watch manager at Felixstowe Fire station.
Well as we set off in to 2023 I’ve had a look back on 2022 and as with every year I’m always in awe of how much our little fundraising branch manages to raise. With the staggering generosity of two people who sadly passed away and left us bequests The East and Mid Suffolk fundraising branch raised £145,298-20 last year.
Come along and enjoy the lights in Trimley St Mary.
We came across these amazing photos of the Christmas Dip taken by Alastair Spink
Salvation Army Tree Festival 2022 - well done to Diane and Mick for their hard work and award winning tree design.
If you fancy doing something fun and engaging, then why not join Guide Dog Treasure Hunt!
A Fashion Show Extravaganza
A wonderful charity reached out to us about their bake sale in aid of St Elizabeth Hospice. Here is some information about what they do, and what will be at the bake sale…
You may be aware of this wonderful charity, Save Zante Strays. They are hosting a charitable dog walk to raise money to help give stray dogs a home ❤️ Here is Sue to tell you more…
Here’s the Felixstowe Community Hospital League of Felixstowe Hospital abd their news on helping Felixstowe’s hospital and health services to care for the community…