Surviving Winter End of Appeal
Fundraising efforts by Northamptonshire Community Foundation raise £17,756.04 to support vulnerable older people and communities across the county. This year’s Surviving Winter appeal launched in October 2018, and raised funds for groups supporting those in greatest need.
A special thank you goes to Wilson Browne Solicitors, who donated £750 from a charity golf day and Waitrose Rushden, who chose the Foundation as one of their charities for their Community Matters Green Coin scheme.
Money raised from the appeal has so far helped to fund a safe morning space for homeless people run by Accommodation Concern, a Home Wellbeing service for vulnerable and disadvantaged people delivered by Care & Repair Northamptonshire and lunch clubs, two Christmas meals and a New Year’s get together for members of Live at Home Northampton.
Colin Grundy, of Live at Home Northampton, said: “Winter can be a depressing time for us all but it is so much worse when you struggle to get out of your own front door. Funding from the Foundation helped us to touch the lives of 60 older people each week, bringing some sunshine and cheer to those who might otherwise have had little social contact. As well as collecting people for our regular lunch clubs, we were able to put on Christmas and New Year parties giving our members something to look forward to in the bleak midwinter.”
Projects are awarded funding between the months of September and March for preventative and intervention work to tackle fuel poverty throughout the year, helping reduce social isolation and support older and vulnerable people in our community.
Since the launch of the Surviving Winter appeal in 2010, Northamptonshire Community Foundation has funded 54 projects, awarding a total of £193,079.99 to those in greatest need, thanks to the generosity of so many donors.
Rachel McGrath, Deputy CEO of the Foundation, said: “Northamptonshire Community Foundation passionately believes in the value of the Surviving Winter appeal to support particularly vulnerable older people during the winter period. As a result of the generosity of donors and the general public over the years, we are able to fund local community groups and charities providing a crucial safety net to help keep people’s homes warm, get help where it is needed, to dress warmly, eat well and keep active. The appeal has especially helped older people who are socially isolated, living in rural areas and older people living on their own.”