10 December 2013
The campaign, associated with the UK-wide Surviving Winter appeal, is encouraging individuals to make donations to help older and vulnerable people affected by the cold winter.
24% of households in Cornwall are in fuel poverty, rising to 40% in parts of the Duchy.
This winter-centric issue causes serious health problems including heart attacks and strokes with over 342 'excess' deaths in Cornwall in winter each year.
The Cornwall Community Foundation (CCF) are looking to the people of Cornwall to help them raise funds which will be used directly to help people across the county who will be suffering throughout the winter due to rocketing energy prices, access to hot food and energy efficiency issues.
Oliver Baines, Acting CEO of the CCF said: "If you are not fuel-poor, think about donating some or all of your Winter Fuel Payment. You could help an older person to survive this winter."
Last year the Cornwall Community Foundation helped over 600 people, who without valuable support would of found surviving the winter a harrowing experience.
The Royal Voluntary Service, (WRVS) operate vital community meals on wheels service in Redruth and Falmouth. They also provide a welcome friendly face to many people who have no visitors at all.
Amanda Whitlock, SW Service Delivery Manager at WRVS, said, " The funding we received last year from the CCF enabled us to provide our service users with two free meals over the coldest days of the winter."
Winter is not only a problem for older people in the community but also those with mental health issues as reduced daylight hours increase feelings of anxiety and high levels of depression often leading to thoughts of suicide.
The CCF awarded a grant of £2,500 to West Cornwall Mind last winter to provide a one to one befriending service, which provides a much-needed lifeline to this vulnerable group of society.
Cornwall Community Foundation is a charity committed to supporting local projects in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly that engage local people in making their communities better places to live.Back