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FUNDRAISING

ESAB has to raise all its own funds.  It receives no help from Government or Statutory Authorities and its valuable work supporting some 1,000 blind and partially sighted people living in the East Suffolk communities relies entirely on financial help from those sympathetic to its cause.  The list below shows all the avenues that are pursued to raise funds to cover our work with local people.

Donations/Standing Orders
We often receive essential donations from our members and supporters which are always much appreciated.  For more details on how you can donate on-line or by posting in a donation please click here.

Gift Aid
The Association is now able to recover some tax on donations from the Inland Revenue.  For every pound you donate to ESAB, the Inland Revenue will contribute 25p in respect of your gift to ESAB if you are a tax payer.  You simply need to sign a declaration stating that you are a tax payer who has paid enough to cover the Gift Aid amount. To download a copy of this declaration in Microsoft Word format please click here .  Alternatively, please contact the office on 01473 611011.

Legacies
Legacies are vital to help ESAB with its work.  If you would like to leave ESAB anything in your Will, we promise the money will be well used to help blind and partially sighted people in East Suffolk.

Street and Store Collections
Many of our 8 social groups carry out street collections to support the Association.  We are grateful to the volunteers who help with this.

Shop Collecting Tins
Many local shops, businesses and other organisations display an East Suffolk Association for the Blind green collection box and some people like to keep them in their own home or work place too.

Yellow Cardboard Home Collection Boxes
ESAB asks all members, families and friends to use one of our small cardboard collecting boxes at home to use for collecting loose change in.  They all add up to a useful contribution.

Sponsorship
Some of our supporters go to great lengths to raise sponsorship money on our behalf. Recent efforts included a Coast to Coast cycle ride and running in the London 10k run.

Events
A variety of events are organised by local volunteers and staff to raise funds, including garden parties, boot sales, concert evenings, Big Band dinner/dances and coffee mornings. We have also been lucky enough to be beneficiaries of the annual Aldeburgh Fishing Match and also the Lowestoft Christmas Day swim in the sea.

Charitable Trusts and Grants
We receive some much appreciated support from a number of Trusts to whom applications are made on a continuous basis throughout the year.

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