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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.

We are now looking for match funders for our Winter Warmth Appeal in 2021. If you’d like to be a match funder for next winter, please contact 

2020 match funders

If you donated between Monday 16th November 2020 and midday Monday 14th December 2020 your donation was matched by our generous pledgers. West Cumberland Farmers, John Laing Charitable Trust, Roselands Trust, The Johnson Fund, Brian and Ann Clark Fund, The Hadfield Trust and the Harvey Family Fund donated £58,000 to be used to match any donations during the four week period.



“The Winter Warmth Appeal has even more importance in 2020 – helping vulnerable homeowners with their heating bills. As one of Cumbria’s largest oil distributors through Allan Stobart Fuels, WCF are proud to support this appeal financially as well as taking all practical steps on a day to day basis to ensure that our vulnerable customers are prioritised when it comes to making heating oil deliveries in cold weather conditions” Jo Ritzema, Managing Director, WCF Ltd.


“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, Trustee.


 “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.