We are delighted to have been awarded funding from the Community Organisations Cost of Living Fund delivered by The National Lottery Community Fund.  This incredible support has enabled us to put together thousands more Warm in Winter gift bags, as we face not only the biggest increase in demand we have ever experienced but also an increase in project and organisational costs.

This funding has helped us to reach the many more thousands of older people who are struggling to keep warm in their homes and are being severely affected by the cost of living crisis.  Having to make the decision between eating and heating has never been more real as evidenced by some of the requests and feedback we receive:

"My electric bill has gone up four fold so I have had to cut down on food".
"As a pensioner it is very hard to cope with constant rising costs".
"Can’t sleep, don’t eat properly, use hot water bottles to try and keep warm".

"My wife and I are both retired pensioners, and struggle with heating costs for our home, which we often find we can not afford to use. Finding your leaflet in our food bank delivery, we wondered if we could obtain one of your Warm in Winter gift bags, which would certainly help us to stay warm in our home".

At the beginning of this year, we welcomed back our wonderful volunteers to help pack thousands of additional gift bags. We are hugely grateful for the support and kindness of our volunteer family who were able to respond to our request.

Together, we are able to make a lasting difference to thousands more people in our community. Thanks to the Government for making this possible.