Sutton Coldfield MP Andrew Mitchell visited Severn Trent Trust Fund (STTF), a Midlands based charity that helps people out of poverty and debt, to hear about STTF’s plans for the future and the #smallchange summer campaign.
Mr Mitchell met Trustees and clients during the lunchtime visit and praised Severn Trent Water (STW) for its continued support of STTF since 1997. With funding of £55.6million it has been possible for STTF to help over half a million people in the STW region.
Mr Mitchell said: “I am delighted to give my wholehearted endorsement to the vital work that STTF are undertaking and particularly welcome the #smallchange campaign that will reach many people this summer. Their work in Sutton Coldfield and across the region makes a real difference at a critical and worrying time to families and individuals struggling to cope and I am grateful to them for the care and concern they are showing to my most vulnerable constituents”.
The #smallchange campaign will run throughout June, July and August, promoting tips and money saving ideas which will help families stretch their budgets. STTF will utilise their social media channels to run the campaign and encourage visitors to share their favourite tips, with a small monthly prize for the most popular ideas.
Alec Richmond, Group Audit Director, Severn Trent Plc commented: “Helping customers is a key objective for our company and STTF has an important role in providing essential services to get people back on their feet when they have experienced difficulties.”
Stuart Braley CEO of Auriga Services; the administrators of STTF added: “Poverty is not new, but we are all aware that levels of debt are rising and families are suffering hardship because of the stress caused by trying to cope with money worries. Demand for our services is going to continue to rise so we are grateful for the support shown by Andrew Mitchell today and the continued commitment from STW.”
Photo: (l-r) Alec Richmond, Group Audit Director, Severn Trent Plc, Andrew Mitchell MP and Liz Pusey, Chair of Severn Trent Trust Fund