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Project information

The Winter Warmth Fund

Hundreds of older people in Cumbria are in danger of becoming ill or even dying because of the cold.

The Winter Warmth Appeal was launched in 2010 and has literally saved lives. We collect your generous donations and share them with vulnerable older people who struggle to heat their homes.

November 2018 - March 2019

Charity information: Cumbria Community Foundation

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  • Need


    The rising cost of fuel prices has led to an increase in fuel poverty in our local communities. With pensions failing to keep up with rising fuel costs, many older people are struggling to make ends meet during the cold winter months. Some pensioners have to make the incredibly difficult decision choosing between heating or eating.


    By donating to Winter Warmth Fund and having your donation doubled by the Big Give, we will ensure that vulnerable, older people receive the support they need by working in partnership with Age UK organisations across Cumbria.

    Our application process enables us to have a full understanding of the needs and circumstances of everyone helped, and many receive guidance on other aspects of coping with their situation such as benefits advice, ways to keep their home warm and access to activities.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To reduce those experiencing fuel poverty which in turn will improve mental and physical wellbeing


    » Provide funding to support those in fuel poverty as well as providing them with support and tools to help them in the future.

    What success will look like

    Number of grants made
    Quality of grants made
    Community Support achieved
    Good feedback from grant recipients

  • Impact


    It is hoped that the Fund will continue to run each winter to help vulnerable, elderly people in Cumbria during the cold, winter months by providing respite, comfort and relieving isolation.
    The success will be demonstrated through Fund audit and evaluation, feedback from grant recipients.


    Limited funds raised
    If another fund with similar aims is set up
    Inability to spend appropriately


    Regular press releases and statements on the Cumbria Community Foundation website.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £25,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £25,000 Grant recipients Funding for applicants
  • Background


    Cumbria Community Foundation operates within the county of Cumbria.


    Elderly people on low household income
    Elderly people in poorly insulated homes
    Elderly people who suffer rural isolation

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Cumbria Community Foundation has experience of running 4 emergency appeals in the last 11 years.
    Cumbria Community Foundation has a proven track record as a quality grant maker and is well known in Cumbria as a grant making charity.
    Cumbria Community Foundation has in place a full range of suitable policies and procedures relating to fundraising and grant making.
    Cumbria Community Foundation has good links with local government bodies and third sector operators in the county.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    David Beeby

    Cumbria Community Foundation Chair of Trustees

    Andrew Beeforth

    Cumbria Community Foundation Chief Executive

    Annalee Holliday

    Cumbria Community Foundation Grants & Donor Services and Communications Officer


will help a local older person in need with their quarterly fuel bill - so they are warm and safe.

“My pension credit has been going down for a number of years now. In winter I usually just use a small halogen heater instead of putting the heating on. I only put the gas on for a bath, not for heating, as it’s too expensive. It was a big relief to receive the grant."

Desmond, 76 from Whitehaven live alone in a two bedroom house.