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Surviving Winter appeal awarded close to £16,000

15 March 2016

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Despite the mild temperatures this year, winter is still a very challenging time for many of those who live in our communities. This is why once again we asked the people of Cornwall to help them raise funds to support elderly and vulnerable residents across the county who suffer throughout the winter due to lack of access to hot food and energy efficiency issues.

We are very grateful to all those who generously helped, the Surviving Winter campaign has successfully allocated £15,550 in grants to a total of 13 organisations. Over 500 people benefited from the help received in Cornwall. The campaign, associated with the UK-wide Surviving Winter appeal, encouraged individuals to donate part or all of their winter fuel payment.

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.

Oliver Baines, CEO of the CCF, said "I am overwhelmed by the response to the Surviving Winter appeal. I’d like to give a huge thank you to all of our supporters and particularly special thanks to our Friends of the Foundation who donated the majority of the money raised.”

The groups that benefited from the fund during winter 2015-16 are Action for Children, CAB Cornwall Liskeard, Community Energy Plus, Cornwall Rural Community Charity, Cornwall Women’s Refuge Trust, Gateway 2 New Life, Inclusion Cornwall, Launceston Memory Café, St Austell Community Kitchen, The Oasis Centre, Volunteer Cornwall, Wadebridge Foodbank & Storehouse and the Wild Young Parents Project.

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STAK in St Austell received £750 to assist people with long-term mental health conditions, homeless or disabled people and people who are isolated living on their own. Everyone who is helped has no form of income or a very limited one. STAK provides a welcoming and warm environment, hot meals and referral advice.

Launceston Memory Café received £500 and supported over 30 people through the winter period. Launceston Memory Café supports dementia sufferers and their careers, offering fortnightly memory cafes and additional outings.

WILD Young Parents Project received £1,000 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.

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