15 November 2021
Winter Well-being appeal – help us to support older & vulnerable people this winter
In the winter months, should older and vulnerable people in our communities have to choose between heating or eating?
Winter can be a lonely and worrying time with many older and vulnerable residents experiencing financial hardship and having to choose what they can afford to do. One in ten households in our county live in fuel poverty, spending more than 10% of their income on fuel.
With many older and vulnerable people living alone, and due to the ongoing public health crisis, many are still cautious about leaving their homes. The uncertainty of the coming winter months will lead to increased social isolation again this year.
This is an annual appeal that the Foundation has been running since 2010 and has raised £235,000 during its lifetime to protect some of the most vulnerable members of our local communities.
This year, our appeal needs your help more than ever. Due to the pandemic year and high demand for funds Northamptonshire Community Foundation has raised and distributed over £2.5 million to provide a safety net and support for local community funds, however it urgently needs to raise further funds to help tackle fuel poverty this coming winter.
The money raised through this appeal will be awarded to local community groups and charities whose activities protect and help local older and vulnerable people in supported environments.
How can I make a difference?
With your donation we can ensure those who are less fortunate can stay warm, safe and healthy this winter.
Click here to hear how this fund helped support Joyce through the funded activities of local charity SERVE Rushden.
Donate online – the quickest and easiest way to donate: click here to make a donation via our dedicated Just Giving Winter Well-being page.
Donation by cheque: made payable to ‘Northamptonshire Community Foundation’ and post to Winter Well-being Appeal, Northamptonshire Community Foundation, 18 Albion Place, Northampton, NN1 1UD.
Don’t need it? Donate it! If you are eligible to receive the Government’s Winter Fuel payment and if you can afford to forego this, please consider donating some or all of your payment to our appeal.
Gift Aid your donations: If you are a UK tax payer, you can increase the value of your donation by 25p of Gift Aid for every £1 you donate at no extra cost to yourself. Click here to download our Gift Aid form; alternatively please email email@example.com or phone 07483 428131, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07483 428105 to receive the form.
Fundraise for our appeal: Our Deputy CEO Rachel McGrath in September took on the Thames Path Challenge 100K trek in aid of our Winter Well-being Appeal. Over two days, with an overnight camp stop to rest, refuel and re-energise Rachel walked from Southwark Park, London to Henley-on Thames raising over £1600 to date . If you would like to fundraise for our appeal, click here for some ideas in our fundraising toolkit.
Thank you to everyone who has already donated to this year’s appeal
Our generous donors have already raised £19,436 …. But we need to do more to reach our target of £30K
To learn more about the appeal and the impact for our older and vulnerable residents in our communities please visit our website.
Northamptonshire Community Foundation | 18 Albion Place | Northampton | NN1 1UD
Telephone: 01604 230033