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32,000 older Cumbrians live alone, and with concerns over social isolation and the cold winter months, action needs to be taken to prevent fuel and food poverty, as well as social isolation for the older community.

The Winter Warmth Appeal collects people’s warm generosity and gives it back out to vulnerable older people to ensure they can heat their homes properly and remain safe and well during the colder months.

Thank you to everyone who has donated between 11th November and 11th December. You’ve helped us raise £63,000, which has been matched by our generous pledgers: EDF Renewables, Sellafield Ltd, John Laing Charitable Trust, WCF Ltd, The Hadfield Trust, the Johnson Fund, the Roselands Trust and Baines Wilson PP, giving us a grand total of £126,000. We aim to raise in excess of £150,000 this winter and there is currently a waiting list for support. Please help us to ensure those who are less fortunate can stay warm and healthy this winter.





“This is a very good cause – one that will make an impactful difference to those who need it most. Winter is a tough time and can make things very miserable if you have to make choices between cooking hot food or keeping yourself warm. I’m very pleased that we are able to support this campaign.”EDF Renewables Director of Operations, Don Mackay,



“We are part of the Cold Weather Priority Initiative, which identifies heating oil customers aged 75+, who are most vulnerable to cold conditions. It is therefore highly relevant for us to work with the Cumbria Community Foundation in recognition of the fact that winter brings an additional financial burden for many vulnerable homeowners.” Jo Ritzema.


“The Hadfield Trust have a clearly defined set of priorities for funding, by which all applications are judged. Two of these: social needs and help for older people, are both squarely within the aims of the Winter Warmth Appeal. Our Trust has the added confidence in the ability of the Cumbria Community Foundation and their focused network to be able to apply the funds directly to where they are required and so relieve some of the worst effects of a cold Cumbrian winter on the elderly and the needy.” Andrew Forsyth.


 “The John Laing Charitable Trust is pleased to pledge match funding for Cumbria Community Foundation’s Winter Warmth Appeal again to help reach as many vulnerable older people who need help to keep them warm and healthy this winter.” Jenny Impey.



“Being a life-long resident of rural Cumbria, I know only too well the harsh winters we have and the fear it brings to so many people’s lives. I am very keen to eliminate that stress and I hope that match funding will encourage more people to donate to this very worthy and local cause.” Jim Johnson.


“The Roselands Trust have been pleased to support The Winter  Warmth Appeal since 2010. It is a proven way to  actively help enrich the lives of so many elderly and vulnerable people in our region which is the main objective of  our Charity.” Kenneth Johnson.