Cumbria Community Foundation

The Winter Warmth Fund

Hundreds of older people in Cumbria are in danger of becoming ill or even dying because of the cold. The Winter Warmth Appeal was launched in 2010 and has literally saved lives. We collect your generous donations and share them with vulnerable older people who struggle to heat their homes.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 28 November 2017 to 12:00 PM, 5 December 2017

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1075120)

Check mark Match funded

Amount raised

£80,200

Donations

220

    Category

  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing

    Helping

Location

  • ‚ÄúMy pension credit has been going down for a number of years now. In winter I usually just use a small halogen heater instead of putting the heating on. I only put the gas on for a bath, not for heating, as it‚Äôs too expensive. It was a big relief to receive the grant."

    — Desmond, 76 from Whitehaven live alone in a two bedroom house.

  • ‚ÄúThe grant helped a lot ‚Äì it meant I could keep the heating on a bit longer. I‚Äôm at risk of getting pneumonia in winter so I tend to stay in and keep warm. I only go out to do my shopping. I think it‚Äôs a fantastic cause and I am really grateful to the people who donate."

    — John, 75 lives alone in Penrith.

  • ‚ÄúI only put my heating on when it‚Äôs really cold, for about half an hour, just to warm the place up. I can understand how some people are frightened to put their heating on, or go without food. You never know what the bills are going to be."

    — Sheila is 74, lives alone in Carlisle and receives pension credit. She knows how difficult it can be for people in her position.

  • “My pension credit has been going down for a number of years now. In winter I usually just use a small halogen heater instead of putting the heating on. I only put the gas on for a bath, not for heating, as it’s too expensive. It was a big relief to receive the grant."

    — Desmond, 76 from Whitehaven live alone in a two bedroom house.

  • “The grant helped a lot – it meant I could keep the heating on a bit longer. I’m at risk of getting pneumonia in winter so I tend to stay in and keep warm. I only go out to do my shopping. I think it’s a fantastic cause and I am really grateful to the people who donate."

    — John, 75 lives alone in Penrith.

  • “I only put my heating on when it’s really cold, for about half an hour, just to warm the place up. I can understand how some people are frightened to put their heating on, or go without food. You never know what the bills are going to be."

    — Sheila is 74, lives alone in Carlisle and receives pension credit. She knows how difficult it can be for people in her position.

Situation

The rising cost of fuel prices has led to an increase in fuel poverty in our local communities. With pensions failing to keep up with rising fuel costs, many older people are struggling to make ends meet during the cold winter months. Some pensioners have to make the incredibly difficult decision choosing between heating or eating.

Solution

By donating to Winter Warmth Fund and having your donation doubled by the Big Give, we will ensure that vulnerable, older people receive the support they need by working in partnership with Age UK organisations across Cumbria. Our application process enables us to have a full understanding of the needs and circumstances of everyone helped, and many receive guidance on other aspects of coping with their situation such as benefits advice, ways to keep their home warm and access to activities.