Cumbria Community Foundation today celebrated a record breaking £105,000 raised for the Winter Warmth Fund. It is a significant achievement growing from £10,000 raised in the funds first year just four years ago. To celebrate tea, coffee and cake was joyfully consumed in Holme Parish Hall with members of Age UK South Lakeland.
The Winter Warmth Fund gives grants to needy, typically older, members of our community so they can keep warm in the winter and stave off Death’s cold hands.
Talking at the event Andy Beeforth, Chief Executive of Cumbria Community Foundation, said: “Our trustees set a challenging target for us to raise £100,000 to keep older people warm and safe in the winter. I am blown away by the warm generosity of the people in this county in their support of this appeal and I am very proud that we exceeded the Trustees expectations. I am grateful to the Low Wood Hotel and the Berry family for their support and to the Age UK offices around the county and the Citizen’s Advice Bureau in Barrow who have helped direct the funds to older people in need.”
A large chunk of money came from a new event, The Big Sleep, where people from around the county sleep out in the cold on a February evening on a hill side above Lake Windermere. In its first year £25,000 came directly from this event and there are high hopes for even more people to get involved and more much needed funds to be raised.
Cllr Ben Berry, Executive at Low Wood Bay hotel who kindly hosted The Big Sleep, said: “The Winter Warmth Fund is all about helping our neighbours when they need us most. With The Big Sleep we’ve made it easy for anyone, young, old, fit or able to raise money for this vital local charitable cause and I’m very proud to be involved with that.”
Plans are already in place for next year with the date to be announced soon.