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.
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.
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.
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.
Andy Beeforth, Director of Cumbria Community Foundation, explains the difference the Winter Warmth Fund has made:
Hundreds of older people in Cumbria are in danger of becoming or ill or even dying because of the cold according to The Winter Warmth Appeal. It says an average of 300 deaths occur in Cumbria each year because of the effects of cold.
The annual Winter Warmth Fund appeal is being launched by Cumbria Community Foundation to raise money to help stop older people dying because of the cold.
The money is then given to those in extreme need. The Foundation say some donations come from those who receive the Government's winter fuel payments but feel they don't need it as much as others.