Hell on a fell…
You can do that to me.
On Valentines weekend, cold and alone (like usual then!).
This plea originally came from Cumbria Community Foundation who run the Winter Warmth fund helping older people fuel poverty survive the winter. A lot of the funding comes from people kindly donating their Winter Fuel Allowance that they don’t need.
The charity is struggling to raise as much cash as last year so one of its Directors, Andy Beeforth, came up with the stunt to raise cash and raise the profile of the scheme. Many were asked to join him on the fell, few were stupid enough.
Read the full press release here:
CHARITY FELL TOP CALL FOR HELP
THE Director of a Cumbrian charity will take to the fells in a bid to help keep older people
warm this winter.
Andy Beeforth, the man who heads up Cumbria Community Foundation, will sleep in a
bivouac overnight to bring attention to the plight of those who can’t pay their fuel bills this
But he’ll only do it if the charity’s Winter Warmth Fund receives the same amount of
donations as last year.
That means that five thousand pounds needs to be donated in the next two weeks!
If a grand total of £42,000 is reached by February 14, Andy will be joined on the fell top by
Cumbria Community Foundation Trustee Chris Tomlinson; Cllr Ben Berry, South Lakeland
District Councillor for Windermere, Applethwaite & Troutbeck, and Gary McKeating, Head
of Socio Economic Development at Nuclear Management Partners, who are helping in this
year’s final push to boost the total.
Cllr Ben Berry said: “Most of the houses in the area I am a councillor for are off mains
gas and rely upon oil or coal for heating. We’re all seeing energy prices rise and facing
the rising challenge of paying increasingly large energy bills. I decided to help Cumbria
Community Foundation by agreeing to sleep out on the fells and raise awareness of this
vital fund that helps older people in need.”
Donate Online – at http://www.justgiving.com/winterwarmthfund
Donate by Text – Simply send a text message to 70070 including our code WINT37
e.g. WINT37 £5 to 70070. You can donate £2, £5 or £10.
Donate by Cheque – Payable to: ‘Cumbria Community Foundation’ and write ‘Winter
Warmth’ on the back. Post to: Cumbria Community Foundation, Dovenby Hall, Dovenby,
Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 0PN.
Anyone can donate to Cumbria Community Foundation’s Winter Warmth Fund and the
money raised will be given directly to those in need.
For ideas on how people can stay safe and warm this winter and how you can help people
in your community, visit our website: www.cumbriafoundation.org
Andy Beeforth is liaising with Langdale and Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team on this
challenge. The mountain rescue team will offer advice and support in this endeavour to
ensure that everyone is properly equipped and that the final plans are safe. They will not
accompany the adventurers.