10th July 2015
To launch our 2015/16 Winter Warmth Appeal and annual Big Sleep fundraiser we’re looking for anyone who can lend their skills and make hats, scarves, blankets and other Winter Warmers.
The idea of the Winter Warmers campaign is for the community to come together and knit for a reason. In a bad winter 300 older people can die in Cumbria because of the effects of the cold weather, the Winter Warmth Appeal raises money to help those in need – those who may have to choose between buying food and putting the heating on.
Each year, Cumbria Community Foundation hosts the Big Sleep an outdoor challenge where challenge you spend a night under the stars in the freezing cold to raise money for the appeal. Your hats, scarves and blankets will be distributed at the Big Sleep to help keep people that little bit warmer in return for a donation to the appeal – but who knows, before then, they could be used in something extra special across the county.
Any Winter Warmers left over after the event will be donated to Age UK’s across the county.
If you think you can help, please contact Annalee Holliday by email or call 01900 825760.