The Scarborough News

Sir Alan gives his allowance to campaign


Sir Alan Ayckbourn is backing a campaign to support vulnerable and elderly people throughout Scarboroug­h who are at risk of illness, isolation and death during the coldest months of the year.

The acclaimed playwright is urging people who do not need their winter fuel allowance to donate it to Two Ridings Community Foundation’s Surviving Winter Appeal.

“I fully support Two Ridings Community Foundation’s efforts to raise funds for the Surviving Winter Appeal,” said Sir Alan.

“It is vital that we help those in need in our local communitie­s. If you are fortunate enough, like me, not to need your winter fuel allowance, you can help by donating all or part of it to the Surviving Winter Appeal. It is something I will be doing and, if you can, I hope you will donate too.”

Two Ridings Community Foundation is a grant-making charity that supports thriving communitie­s in North and East Yorkshire, York and Hull. It will use money raised to support local charities across North and East Yorkshire.

Last year the appeal raised more than £8,500 and helped 500 people at risk of illness, isolation and even death during the coldest months of the year.

Funds raised helped older people, families, those with chronic health conditions, those with mental health issues, carers and disabled people in a variety of different ways. Cash has been used to provide blankets, fuel, coats, thermos flasks, hot water bottles, draught excluders, hot breakfasts for homeless people and food.

Visit to make a donation.

Donations can be increased through Gift Aid and there is short-term match opportunit­y so for every £100 donated, the foundation can increase the donation to £150.

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