December 6 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, August 31, 2013
The Salvation Army hopes to galvanise support for its annual fundraising drive in and around Dereham, saying that donations are more important than ever in a time of economic difficulty and public funding cuts.
The organisation is embarking on its Big Collection to raise vital funds to support its diverse programme of social and community work.
Members and volunteers will be collecting door-to-door in Dereham, Gressenhall, Mattishall, Swanton Morley, Swaffham and Watton, on weekdays throughout September, and on Dereham market place on Saturdays.
They have urged people to give generously, as 100pc of all donations will directly support the charity’s work to help people in need.
Major Loes Palmer, of the Salvation Army in Dereham, said: “This has been a particularly hard year for many people.
“The Salvation Army has supported those who have lost their job and don’t know where to turn to next, those who have lost their home and ended up on the street, those who are older and desperately lonely and those fragile families and individuals who are struggling to get by in real poverty and can’t afford the basics like food for the table.
“This is why the role of The Salvation Army is more important than ever. With cuts to the public funding we receive, your donation to the Big Collection is vital to ensure we can continue our work in helping those in need.”
Funds raised locally will help the Salvation Army to support homeless families, run care homes and day care centres, reunite long-lost families and support the armed forces and their families on military bases.
All collectors will carry a permit, which can be produced on request, and will only ask for cash donations in envelopes or sealed Salvation Army collection tins.