Poverty & Homelessness Action Week Sith to feature is Community Foundation for Calderdale – Surviving Winter project
Before Christmas Community Foundation for Calderdale launched our Surviving winter campaign 2013/14 and so far we have potentially helped 600 people in the Calderdale area.
We wanted to help people over the Christmas period by providing Christmas Dinner to vulnerable older people and families who were struggling.
From December 18th to December 23rd 150 packs were delivered each pack contained enough food for four people &
provided everything you would need for a festive dinner. This was possible thanks to the kind donations for local people and businesses.
Including the Gartland Family Trust, Liquid Lens, Buy Halifax, Harveys Department Store, Summit Consulting & Training, Snowflake Media, Asda Halifax, Hill Crest Van Hire
ASDA Community Life Champion Amanda Clegg says “We are honoured to be working with Community Foundation for Calderdale on this project, last winter we helped provide the food for over 700 food packs so we know the need is out there, hopefully the community will get behind the appeal and donate so we can help as many people as possible”It was the cuts to the Warm Homes Healthy People funding that prompted the Community Foundation to team up with ASDA Halifax to provide at least 150 people with Christmas dinners over the Christmas period to vulnerable older people and families who are struggling.
The Work continue ……..
Last year there was a rise in winter deaths of 22% in Calderdale, 130 people who died because of the cold!!
As part of our ongoing Surviving Winter Appeal we are asking people to continue to donate so we can help more people who are in need in our community. The money raised will go where it is most needed, helping older people pay off fuel debt, supporting day centres who not only help keep people warm and provided hot meals but also combat isolation and loneliness, support families who are struggling.
And for a short time if you donate here at Localgiving.com they will match fund every donation up to the value of £10, so your £10 donation becomes £22.50 with gift aid at no extra cost to you.
SteveDuncan CEO of the Community Foundation stated that,
“130 excess winter deaths were recorded in Calderdale over the winter period in 2012/13 – an increase of 22%. This figure is unacceptable; we must all take responsibility for looking after our vulnerable older people and I would urge people to donate to the Appeal, this will enable us to direct support to where it is most needed.”
The figures published in an Office of National Statistics report follow a bitterly cold start to the year.
“Winter 2012/13 was characterised by a milder than average December, followed by a prolonged period of lower than average temperatures,” the ONS report states.
“The number of deaths peaked in the first week of January, which coincided with a peak in rates of influenza-like illness over the Christmas weeks. The mean number of daily deaths was higher than average for a prolonged period between February and April 2013.”
Stephen Hammersley, Chief Executive of UK Community Foundations said:
“The figures released today by the ONS on excess winter deaths paint a worrying picture of the impact of fuel poverty in communities across the UK. Winter deaths are up more than a quarter from last year, the vast majority among older people.
“With energy price rises at an all-time high, and following cuts to the Government’s Warm Homes Healthy People initiative, this generation is facing difficult times. It’s vital that we all do more to help address the issues facing older and vulnerable people in the UK and more resources need to be available.
“We urge communities to donate to and support the Surviving Winter campaign, and help older people stay warm and well this winter, and remind them that they are not forgotten.”
You can donate to the appeal by visiting www.localgiving.com/cffc (please add reference Surviving Winter) or by cheque to the Community Foundation for Calderdale, 1855 Building (First Floor), Discovery Road, Halifax, HX12NG (please mark the back of the cheque Surviving Winter