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Surviving Winter appeal allocated close to £20,000

3 March 2015

The CCF thanks everybody who supported the Surviving Winter appeal for their generous help. CCF asked the people of Cornwall to help them raise funds to help elderly and vulnerable residents across the county who are suffering throughout the winter due to rocketing energy prices, lack of access to hot food and energy efficiency issues.

The Surviving Winter campaign has successfully allocated £19,576 in grants to a total of 15 organisations. The campaign, associated with the UK-wide Surviving Winter appeal, encouraged individuals to make donations to help older and vulnerable people affected by the winter. Almost 2,000 people benefited from the help received.

Oliver Baines, CEO of the CCF said: "I am thrilled by the generous donations made to the Surviving Winter appeal, I would like to use this opportunity to thank all of our supporters. Winter is a long and trying season for elderly people, who without this valuable support would have found surviving the winter a difficult time.’

The groups that benefited from the fund during winter 2014-15 are CAB Cornwall Liskeard, Camborne Wesley Methodist Church, Caradon Befriending Scheme, Helston Health Centre, Inclusion Cornwall, KPS Housing Support, Launceston Memory Café, Mullion and District Age Concern, Penta Health and Wellbeing, St Austell Community Kitchen, St Ives Salvation Army, The Oasis Centre, Transformation CPR, Wadebridge Foodbank & Storehouse and the Wild Young Parents Project.

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WILD Young Parents Project received £1,937 from the CCF to distribute small sums of money to those in difficulty this winter. WILD facilitates eleven groups in Cornwall for parents aged 19 and under and their children. Their group activities include cooking, budgeting, physical activity and mental health support and generally promoting health and wellbeing for families.

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Jo Davies, Manager of the WILD Young Parents Project said "The Surviving Winter funds have made a big difference to our WILD young families this winter. The young parents we work with in Cornwall have had a difficult winter - the effects of cuts in services, welfare reforms and recession have meant that they have had to face big challenges. The Surviving Winter funds have enabled WILD to provide essential winter items for these most vulnerable families. We have bought winter coats for mums and babies, raincovers for pushchairs, wellies and shoes for toddlers - all of which mean they can get outdoors and be active through the winter months. We have also helped with heating costs, and buying cooking equipment; for example slow cookers for young mums who do not have an oven, so that they can cook soups and stews for their families.  The funds have also paid for us to run some Winter Wellbeing workshops, where we have helped young mums budget through the winter, helped them understand home safety and how to manage utility bills, and helped them learn to cook healthy winter food."

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