This weekend more than 200 Cumbrians were sleeping out beneath the stars, to raise money for people who can't afford to heat their homes.Read the full story ›
Dozens of Cumbrians are braving the cold tonight for the annual Big Sleep, an event to raise money for the Winter Warmth Fund.Read the full story ›
A Cumbrian charity is launching its annual Winter Warmth Appeal, to help older people keep their homes warm over the winter months.
You can find out more about the Cumbria Community Foundation, and their scheme, here.
The charity at the heart of the Winter Warmth Fund says as many as 300 people die in Cumbria because of the cold weather every year.
Cumbria Community Foundation is running the campaign for the sixth year running, over which time it's raised around £300,000 to keep more than 2,500 people warm in the winter months.
The money raised is given out in grants to older people who are having to choose whether to eat a meal or to heat their homes.
The charity points to stats released by the Cumbria Health Observatory, which uses data from 2013:
The charity's flagship event is the Big Sleep, which takes place January 30, 2016.
Every winter, in every corner of Cumbria, there are older people who are struggling to keep warm. I can’t bear the fact that they are choosing between eating and heating and hope our community will once again, share their warmth thiswinter. Please donate to our Winter Warmth Fund.
We will also be hosting our Big Sleep on Saturday 30 January 2016 - where people ask their friends and family to sponsor them to spend a night sleeping under the stars in a field behind the Low Wood Resort Hotel in Windermere.”
An appeal has been launched to help stop Cumbrians dying from cold weather this winter.
Now in its sixth year, Cumbria Community Foundation's Winter Warmth campaign uses public donations to help elderly people struggling with fuel bills to heat their homes.
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A campaign to keep older people warm over winter launches today.
The Winter Warmth Appeal raised more than £100,000 for elderly people in the region last year.
Its flagship event is the Big Sleep, a sleep over in a field in south Cumbria, which takes place on February 7.
And tonight the Chief Executive of Cumbria Community Foundation, Andy Beeforth, will be sleeping in a bed - on Windermere - to raise awareness.
“Every year 300 elderly people in Cumbria die because they can’t afford to heat their homes throughout the winter and that is why appeals like the Winter Warmth are so important.
"The Big Sleep is a fun way for people to raise money and help reduce this number. If we can manage to sleep on Lake Windermere and not fall out, it will be easy to sleep out one night on the Low Wood’s fell side."
With the days getting shorter and colder, theres a warning that 300 people die every year in Cumbria because of cold weather. A campaign has been launched today, to keep older people warm this winter.
It's run by the Cumbria Community Foundation. Last year, it raised forty two thousand pounds and helped over four hundred people. This year, the aim is to do even more for those who are struggling to heat their homes. Andy Burn reports.
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Andy Beeforth, Director of Cumbria Community Foundation, explains the difference the Winter Warmth Fund has made:
"In the first year we raised and distributed a pot of £10,000. Last year our donations quadrupled, bringing in £42,000 which directly helped 433 pensioners in need. We're hoping people will be generous so we can help even more older people this winter."