Cumbria Winter Warmth Appeal 2020
Health studies show that older people are more vulnerable in cold weather because they are unable to move around to keep warm. Cold weather can make illnesses associated with respiratory and circulatory conditions far worse.
Around 300 older people die in Cumbria each year simply because they cannot afford to heat their home properly. In our worst winters, this figure has risen to more than 500. CCF have heard from people who can only heat one room in their home for part of the day, even when temperatures are hovering around freezing outside.
Last winter, CCF distributed £153,000 and by working with their partners at Age UK, 1,166 older people living on low incomes and with chronic health problems benefitted from your generosity.
Andy Beeforth, of CCF, would like to share two examples; David, 71 is from Workington and has a heart condition. He said: "The winter warmth grant was very welcome. Without it, I can either eat or put the gas on. My pension is very low. It went up £2.50 last year, but the rent and council tax went up by more." Gwyneth, 72 and from Kendal, said: "It was very helpful because heating bills are a concern in winter. I'm not very mobile and do a lot of sitting. It certainly helped me to budget for the winter because I like to keep up with my payments.”
Any money donated between Monday 16 November 2020 and midday Monday 14 December 2020 to the Winter Warmth Appeal will be automatically doubled thanks to generous match funding from: John Laing Charitable Trust, WCF Ltd, The Hadfield Trust, The Johnson Fund and The Roselands Trust. The match funders have pledged a total of £50,000 to the ‘Winter Warmth Match Funding Challenge’ meaning that donations made during that time will be worth £100,000.
You can donate online HERE.
Alternatively, CCF also accept donations by cheque or phone. To make a phone donation, please ring 01900 825760.
With renewed thanks from CCF for your support.