Thursday, January 16, 2014
Roger Lloyd Pack gave away his winter fuel allowance to help needy Norfolk pensioners stay warm.
The actor was a keen supporter of the EDP-backed Surviving Winter appeal, run by the Norfolk Community Foundation, which raises money to help those who can’t afford their fuel bills.
“We are constantly having to defend our services and cuts continue to threaten the most vulnerable,” he said after making a donation for the second year running in October.
“That really is shocking and yet it continues. While we can make our views clear, we also need to do whatever we can ourselves in terms of keeping our elderly out of danger in Norfolk because the need is now pretty immediate – there’s less mainstream funding available, fuel prices have risen and winter is on the way.”
Olive Thompson, finance manager at the foundation, said: “Roger Lloyd Pack gave continuing support to the Surviving Winter campaign and there’s no doubt that’s made an enormous difference to many in Norfolk.
“Not only was he an advocate for the appeal but he went a step further and twice donated his own winter fuel allowance to those in greater need too. A very great loss to the county as well as the country.”
Bella Brodie, a PR consultant who worked on the campaign, added: “He responded straight away in support of the Norfolk Surviving Winter campaign and stayed in touch to help us further when he could – he was a complete pleasure to deal with and generous with his time.
“You could tell he genuinely cared about the subject matter and really wanted to do something about it, so much so that he went on to support the national campaign too.”
Mr Lloyd Pack was also a supporter of the North Norfolk Labour Party’s campaign to improve ambulance services in the area.
The actor spoke out in August 2012, when he was taken ill at his home in Norfolk and told he could wait up to four hours for an ambulance.