We are pleading for help to tackle winter poverty for Buckinghamshire residents this year with the launch of our Winter Christmas Poverty Appeal. We have teamed up with the National Emergencies Trust and are hoping to attract funding through our CrowdFunder page. The great news is that up until the 25th December the National Emergencies Trust will match donations up to £250. The money raised will help us to continue to deliver help to people in Bucks who are in need.
We have launched the campaign with Peter Dickson, a famous local celebrity that people will know as the voice behind X-Factor and Britain’s Got Talent. Peter told us why he was happy to work with us and get behind the campaign-
“ Citizens Advice is a local charity that I support because they truly transform the lives of an enormous number of people every year, but for everyone they can help there are still people they sadly have to turn away, I am encouraging our great public to do something good with their Christmas funds and donate them to a local cause, a service largely delivered by dedicated volunteers and helping local people living in poverty or hardship”.
Our Chief Executive, Thalia Jervis shared why this is so important: “ Over the last few months alone there has been a phenomenal 250% rise in people living off Universal Credit in Bucks, a benefit given to people the most in need in our community. Indications from York University poverty researchers show fuel poverty will rise by 40%, unheard of against previous years when fuel poverty had actually decreased in the County. We are inviting people to donate to our appeal and help us to fund our incredible debt advice service.”
Iram Rashid, our Money Advice Manager has also stressed the importance of this appeal “People are coming to us with debt and often in housing debt, at risk of losing their homes to repossessions or eviction. Our goal is to help people get back on track with their finances after they have been hit with long periods of furlough or unemployment, and maximise their income. No-one should have to make the choice between heating and eating. Funds we raise will help us run this service.”
Our fundraiser, Anna Day explains how and why she set up the campaign “Citizens Advice has always been there to help everyone, and has helped me get back up on my feet more then a few times before I came to work here. I wanted to do this campaign so we can help the thousands of people who have crept more and more into debt over the course of the year to bounce back, just like they helped me”. Readers can donate and have their donation matched, pound for pound between now and the 25th December and can visit: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/cabucks to make a donation.