Suffolk based charity, Access Community Trust (ACT), has welcomed the donation of 100 beds, sleeping bags and pillows from Sizewell B power station.

The bedding will be used by ACT and other charities for the homeless that they work alongside.

Niki Rousseau, Sizewell B Community Liaison, explains the background to the donation: “We bought the bedding as part of our business continuity plans in response to the pandemic.  Fortunately, we never had to use them, and our employees did not have to remain on-site for long periods of time.   We did not want the new stock to go to waste and through the partnership that Sizewell C has with Access Community Trust we knew we had found an important place for them.”

Emma Ratzer MBE, CEO of Access Community said, “This Winter is set to be extremely tough for some of the most vulnerable and hard to reach rough sleepers across Suffolk and Norfolk. This donation allows our charity to proactively assist other localised organisations by providing essential bedding for those in greatest need within our communities.”

Access Community Trust and Sizewell C have been working in partnership for 2 years to open up access to opportunities with the project to build Suffolk’s first new nuclear power station in over 25 years.

–             Access Community Trust is a regional charity that champions a host of direct support for those that are socially excluded or vulnerable within our communities.

–             The charity focuses across four key themes (supported accommodation, mental health and wellbeing, community social enterprises and education) to actively assist individuals in

realising their full potential within society.

–             This year the charity has also bolstered its community wellbeing offering by opening a number of high street mental health trauma cafes for those in need of support and provided toolbox mental health training for a number of local businesses.

–             Accredited as the 2nd best charitable employer in the UK by Best Companies, it also received a special commendation award in 2021 for its own employee wellbeing programme.

–             The non-profit operates across Suffolk and Norfolk from over 30 premises, has a team of over 165 staff and has positively supported tens of thousands of individuals and families this year alone.