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Suffolk Mind aiming to plug £50,000 fundraising gap

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Suffolk Mind has launched an urgent fundraising campaign, having missed on what they expect is around £50,000 worth of donations due to the pandemic.

The charity has now released a video featuring its CEO, John Neal, talking about the impacts of lockdown, how they'll continue to provide support and what people can do to help out.

The outbreak has caused a number of major events to be cancelled or postponed, including the London Marathon, Great East Swim and Orwell Challenge - events that would have typically provided vital funds to the charity.

Those funds would have helped the charity to develop new services, which in turn support more people across the county.

If fundraising events continue to be cancelled, Suffolk Mind are predicting a loss of more than £150,000 in donations this year.

Jon Neal, CEO of Suffolk Mind, said:

“We have adapted our services and provided more resources over the past two months to ensure those who need it are continuing to receive vital support.

"But nobody is running marathons, climbing mountains or hosting bake sales at the moment.

"So we are asking for the support of the Suffolk community to enable us to continue providing as much support as possible, both now and for many more years into the future when we’ll be needed even more.”

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Lizzy Tuthill, Community Fundraising Coordinator at Suffolk Mind said:

“Donations and support are especially important right now to help us maintain and keep developing these services in response to the changing needs of our community.

"Taking on a home fundraising challenge or making an online donation will help us support Suffolk people, through this challenging period and beyond.”

If you're interested in donating to Suffolk Mind you can do so by clicking here.

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