This year marks the 10th anniversary of Cumbria Community Foundation's Winter Warmth Appeal. It was launched with the idea that those who don’t need their Winter Fuel Payment might donate all or part of it to the appeal. The need very much remains. CCF (A BECBC member) collect people’s warm generosity and give it back out to vulnerable older people to ensure they can heat their homes properly and remain safe and well during the colder months.
In a bad winter an extra 300 older Cumbrians lose their lives to the effects of plummeting temperatures. In our worst winters, this figure has risen to more than 500. CCF also know that for every drop in temperature, the mortality rate increases, even in relatively mild winters.
Last winter, CCF distributed more than £153,000, an increase of £21,000 on the prior year and by working with their partners at Age UK, 1,265 disadvantaged older people benefitted across the county. Edward, 89, from Ulverston, said: “Our boiler broke last winter and we needed a new one. The winter warmth grant helped us with the diabolical cost of fuel which goes up and up each year. My wife and I are on a limited income and we need to keep warm at our age.”
Any money donated between Monday 11 November and Monday 11 December 2019 to the Winter Warmth Appeal will be automatically doubled thanks to generous match funding from: EDF Renewables, Sellafield Ltd (a BECBC member), John Laing Charitable Trust, WCF Ltd, The Hadfield Trust, The Johnson Fund and The Roselands Trust. The match funders have pledged a total of £57,000 to the ‘Winter Warmth Match Funding Challenge’ meaning that donations made during that time will be worth £114,000.
You can donate online using this link: https://www.cumbriafoundation.org/winter-warmth-fund/give-to-the-winter-warmth-fund.
Alternatively, CCF also accept donations by cheque or phone.
Tel: 01900 825760
Dovenby Hall, Dovenby, Cockermouth, CA13 0PN
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