Cumbrians backing the Winter Warmth Fund
The Winter Warmth Fund has already had pledges of support from a few well known Cumbrian residents:
“Over the years I have visited some of the coldest and most remote places on earth. Being high on a mountain and exposed to the elements I have witnessed at first-hand the effects of extreme cold on the human body. I was lucky to have the best advice and technical gear to help me stay warm. It saddens me greatly to think there are people living in Cumbria who are extremely cold in their own homes, who are too worried about the cost of heating to keep themselves warm this winter. I’m supporting Cumbria Community Foundation’s Winter Warmth Fund because I want us all to stay warm and well through the coldest of days.” Chris Bonington
“I was born and brought up in Cumbria and spent the 1940’s and 1950’s there when it was often exceptionally cold. I still remember the pain of it in my fingers and toes and chapped legs and face. Warming up Cumbria is a fine idea.” Melvyn Bragg
“During the war, while at primary school at Carlisle I used to help knit blankets for our poor soldiers freezing at the front. Mine were always full of holes and must have been pretty useless. So helping the Winter Warmth Fund might make some amends.” Hunter Davies
“I heartily endorse the fund and my wife and I are donating our Winter Fuel Payment. The need for the fund was tragically evidenced last winter with the death of two elderly people as a result of the cold weather.” James Cropper, Lord Lieutenant of Cumbria
“I know that many church members already support the ‘Winter Warmth Fund’ – and hope that many more will consider doing so this year. It is an outstandingly worthwhile cause and I am delighted to endorse it with enthusiasm. Please let the community know ‘you care.’” Rt Revd James Newcome, The Bishop of Carlisle
“Every year across the UK and in Cumbria there are extra excess deaths usually in older people as a result of the colder weather. With the last couple of winters being colder than normal it’s vital that people have the access to the information and help that they need to take steps to care for themselves as the colder weather approaches.
“With the rising costs of fuel bills people tend to feel a bit reluctant to have the heating on, but they could be risking their health. Even if people decide to only heat one room to save money it’s important that they have it at around 21°C and also remember to heat their bedroom so it’s warm before they go to bed.
“There are a number of different ways in which people can help to keep older people safe if we have a harsh winter. The Cumbria Community Foundation Winter Warmth Fund is encouraging people who get the winter fuel allowance, who may not need it, to donate it. However it is also important to be a good neighbour and keep an eye out for those who may be vulnerable perhaps offer to pick up some shopping, check they are having at least one hot meal a day, or simply pop in regularly.