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South Lakes Housing helping to keep homes warmer

A £500 donation from South Lakes Housing has helped Cumbria Community Foundation raise more than £20,000 for their Winter Warmth Appeal.

The appeal raises money to help older people across Cumbria stay warm and healthy over the winter months. Grants are available to people over 60 to help with their heating bills.

Chris Parks and Rob Cairns - South Lakes Housing
L-R: Chris Parks, Senior Financial Inclusion Officer from South Lakes Housing and Rob Cairns, Trustee of CCF

Peter Thomas, Chief Executive of South Lakes Housing said: “As a local Housing Association we fully appreciate the problems that some of our more senior residents can experience with heating their homes and of course the impact that a lack of warmth can have on an individual’s health and well-being.

“South Lakes Housing is therefore very pleased to be able to support Cumbria Community Foundation and its Winter Warmth Appeal.”

The appeal launched for its fifth year less than a month ago and has already raised £20,000 towards the £110,000 target.

Andy Beeforth, Chief Executive of Cumbria Community Foundation said: “In five years the Winter Warmth Appeal has been able to help thousands of people because of generous donations like this. Older people can be the most at risk and the people we help tell us the money they receive from the fund literally helped them survive.”

It’s very simple to donate to the Winter Warmth Appeal: Phone 01900 825760, click here  or send a cheque to: ‘Cumbria Community Foundation’ and write ‘Winter Warmth’ on the back. Send it to: Cumbria Community Foundation, Dovenby Hall, Dovenby, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 0PN.

If you would like to apply for a grant, click here.

After the success of last year, Cumbria Community Foundation will also be running The Big Sleep 2015, a fundraising event challenging people to sleep out under the stars and feel the cold. The event will take place Saturday February 7, 2015 at The Low Wood Bay Hotel, Windermere. To find out how to join us click here.

High Sheriff National Crimebeat Awards

Applications are now open for this years High Sheriff National Crimebeat Awards.

The annual awards give recognition to the most innovative and successful crime-prevention projects carried out by young people (ages 5-25) in helping create safer communities. These projects should have a beneficial effect on the community inside and outside of the project group.

There are 2 categories, each with 3 prizes (1st – £1000, 2nd – £750, 3rd – £500)
Category A: Groups where the project idea came from young people who are then responsible for running it.
Category B: Groups where the project idea was developed from others, but where young people have a significant role in the management and delivery of the project.

To be eligible for these awards, a simple application should be submitted via e-mail to, Martyn Hart, High Sheriff of Cumbria, for his endorsement.

** The deadline for submitting applications to Marty Hart is Monday, 15th December 2014 **

Applications must provide the following information:
-Project title
-Category of Entry (A or B)
-Name and Address of the organisation and details of the responsible person to be contacted
-Age range and number of young people in the group
-A 750 word (max) description of the project including outcomes achieved to date

Once the project application has been endorsed by the High Sheriff you will then be able to send any supporting evidence such as photographs, newspaper cuttings, media interviews etc. that would assist the judging panel on memory sticks and/or DVDs.

Finalists are invited to a prestigious ceremony in London where the winners are announced. They are asked to make a short presentation introducing their project and describing what it has achieved. As a special perk, all finalists are given a tour of London on an open top bus and a trip on The London Eye.

For more information about the awards click here.

You may also see details of previous winners here.