A registered charity responsible for raising and stewarding the charitable funds required to maintain and upgrade the Alde & Ore Estuary river walls.
£1 million raised for the Save Our Suffolk Estuary campaign

On behalf of all the Trustees, I am delighted to report the New Year has begun with an incredible boost to our fundraising challenge. Following a successful application to the Garfield Weston Foundation (GWF), a family-founded grant making trust, a donation of £400,000 has been received, taking our fundraising total since the launch of our Save Our Suffolk Estuary campaign in 2017 to well over £1million.

With a further pledge of £100,000 as a match fund from GWF, providing a helpful impetus, we are highly optimistic that the estuary community will continue to support our fundraising this year to achieve this target and more.

The grant will be used to fund the work of the East Suffolk Internal Drainage Board, a non profit making organisation who have already received £185,000 from the Trust in 2018 and are working on the business case for the upper estuary (Aldeburgh, Snape and Iken flood cells) which will be submitted to the Environment Agency in April 2019. We anticipate that by the autumn, consents will have been agreed and environmental mitigation work will start in preparation for the full upgrading works to begin in early 2020. 

The Trust is also preparing other bids to foundations which should be ready to go in later this year. In addition, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) will open their new funding programmes on 30th January when they launch their new Strategic Funding Framework for 2019 - 2024. The Trust is planning an application to the HLF, which is likely to take at least 18 months to prepare.

The operating costs of the Trust remain very closely monitored. A recent study by Channel Four's FactCheck calculated between 60p and 70p of each £1 donated to charities goes on charitable activities; that is fulfilling the duties or services that the charity exists to provide. We are therefore very proud to confirm that during 2018, over 80p of every £1 raised went directly towards our charitable cause of upgrading the estuary's river walls and also that we are able to demonstrate our cost effectiveness as a charity.

The financial benefit of reclaiming tax on donations is crucial and we are also finalising our Gift Aid claim to HMRC for a further fundraising boost. 

Finally, inclusive, community-led fundraising events are being planned throughout this year, including a repeat of the hugely successful Big Suffolk Quiz and our first ever flotilla. Please do get involved if you can.

Jane Maxim
Trustee, The Alde & Ore Estuary Trust
Breached sea defences at Hazelwood Marshes near Aldeburgh, December 2013 
Q&A with Karen Thomas

Partnership & Strategy Manager,
East Suffolk Internal Drainage Board
Tell us about your work with the Alde & Ore Estuary Trust.
My role is to support the Trust with technical advice. I have been working closely with them since 2018 when the ESIDB were first asked to provide a costed programme of works to create a river defence network, resilient to over topping and climate change. This plan has provided a much clearer picture of the costs, timescales and funding required over the next 5 to 8 years. In addition, we have undertaken some high level archeological and environmental research work in the area.

What is at risk?
The estuary has 44km of tidal flood defences and 3878 hectares of defended, floodable agricultural land with just over 300 homes at flood risk. Fresh water aquifers are servicing a further 7800 hectares of high value crops and of course there is the leisure, tourism and arts of the area which generate over £100 million each year. The estuary is also a Special Area of Conservation and has numerous SSSI designations. We are the custodians of an internationally and nationally important habitat with a duty to safeguard migratory birds including avocet, marsh harriers and redshank. This unique and amazing environment is what makes the estuary so special for the thousands of people who live, work and visit this beautiful area.

What is unique about this project and the timescales involved?
A great deal of the work required to rebuild, repair and maintain the river walls is being driven by the local community who are clearly embracing the environmental challenge ahead and the vital work that must be completed. The long term benefits to the resilient wall design proposal will allow time for adaptation due to climate change and sea level rise. Subject to funding availability, mitigation work could begin in Autumn 2019 and the estuary defences could all be in place by 2027.
Recent Fundraising Events

Two very successful community-led fundraising initiatives were held during December, supporting the work of the Trust. 

Enormous thanks go to our friends Aldeburgh BookshopHelen NapperEmma Chichester ClarkOrwell Press and Herring Bone Design, together with everyone who bought our Christmas cards at the tail end of last year. This initiative raised over £400 for the Save Our Suffolk Estuary campaign.

We are also very grateful to Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall, the cast, production team, volunteers and audience members who supported the gala opening night of A Crag Path Christmas on 27th December. Together with a surprise appearance from actor Tim McInnery (aka Captain Darling from Blackadder), a very healthy £2302 was raised through ticket sales and donations on the night.

Aldeburgh Marmalade Competition 2019
The Big Suffolk Quiz 2019

Following the fundraising success of the inaugural pub quiz in 2017 which raised over £42,000 for the Alde & Ore Estuary Trust, the second one is being held on Friday 22nd November 2019 at 6.30pm.

Full details of all participating pubs to follow, but for now please save the date.

Aldeburgh to Orford Flotilla

Ahoy there swimmers, sailors, kayakers, canoeists, paddle-boarders and rowers!

Save The Date - Sunday 28th July 2019

Further details and entry forms for this fundraising flotilla will follow on our website and social media pages.

Alde & Ore Estuary Partnership Community Drop-In Session

Everyone is welcome to the AOEP's community drop-in session on Wednesday 27th February at the Trask Café, Snape Maltings from 2pm to 8pm. There will also be a comprehensive presentation in the Recital Room at 6pm from the East Suffolk Internal Drainage Board which we would encourage you to attend.

Donate Online

It's now even easier to support our fundraising work by donating online using Paypal, credit or debit cards via our website. Please click here to donate now.
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