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Surviving Winter 2015-2016

16 December 2015

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We are calling on anyone who receives the Winter Fuel Payment but does not need some or all of it, to donate it to Cornwall’s Surviving Winter campaign. The aim is to help older people in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly stay warm and well this winter. The campaign, associated with the UK-wide Surviving Winter appeal, is encouraging individuals to 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.

Last winter the CCF managed to double the amount that was awarded. The campaign allocated £19,576 in grants to a total of 15 organisations. 420 people benefited directly from the help received all across Cornwall.

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. Poor health from a lack of warmth affects another 50,000 people.

Oliver Baines, CEO of the CCF said: "Last year we were overwhelmed by the generosity of all those who supported this crucial campaign. Winter celebrations can often blind us to how difficult a time this can be for elderly people, who without valuable support find surviving the winter an exhausting experience. Heating bills, staving off coldness and the threat of hypothermia are just some the dangers, Loneliness can take its toll too. Four years ago the CCF ran the first of its Surviving Winter campaigns, and this year we do so for the fifth time, aiming to raise £30,000 to help those most in need of our support. We are calling on all of our Friends and the public to the most vulnerable residents in Cornwall. We will distribute the funds among community groups responding to these needs across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.”

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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. The campaign had a great impact with addressing winter costs such as food, weekly shopping trips, befriending services and help with energy efficiency issues.

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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. Many of their beneficiaries struggle financially during the winter period due to heating costs and many of them have small children.

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 had a difficult winter - the effects of cuts in services, welfare reforms and recession meant that they have had to face big challenges. The Surviving Winter funds enabled WILD to provide essential winter items for these most vulnerable families. We 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 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."

Donations to the Surviving Winter fund can be made by;

For further information, contact a member of staff on 01566 779333 or office@conrwallfoundation.com

 

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