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Updates from Community Foundation for Merseyside
Surviving Winter 2014/15
The Community Foundation for Merseyside launches Surviving Winter Appeal
Help elderly and vulnerable people in Merseyside keep warm and healthy this winter
Surviving Winter is an annual campaign which helps older and vulnerable people facing fuel poverty in the colder months. Community Foundation for Merseyside is committed to eliminating un-necessary suffering for elderly and vulnerable people during the cold, winter months and we need your help to achieve this. With your support, nationally we raised £1.46 million last year, and helped 23,000 individuals in need. We have supported luncheon groups, the purchase of hot water bottles, boiler repairs and individual bursaries for heating bills for elderly and vulnerable people.
Last year, the Office for National Statistics estimated that 30,000 more people in England and Wales died in the winter months, an increase of 29% on previous years, this is a statistic we cannot ignore.
The Community Foundation for Merseyside is just one of 33 community foundations running the campaign across the UK and is working with UK Community Foundations (UKCF) the membership body for community foundations on the UK wide appeal. Across the UK last year, Surviving Winter raised £1.46m, and helped 23,000 individuals.
Surviving Winter started as a vehicle to recycle Winter Fuel Payment that people had received but didn’t feel that they needed, but quickly expanded to take in donations from people of all ages, and of all amounts, which are directed to the local groups supporting vulnerable people in winter. Donations pay for everything from individual bursaries for fuel bills and hot water bottles to lunch clubs for older people and boiler repairs.
Cathy Elliott, Chief Executive of Community Foundation for Merseyside said:
“Millions of people are battling fuel poverty. What’s worse, we know that last year around 30,000 deaths – mostly older people - were due to winter conditions. People are quite simply dying of the cold in this country. The Surviving Winter appeal is a small but important intervention in this cycle, and the community foundation works hard to make sure that the money donors give so generously goes a long way.
“But we can’t help more people on our own. We rely on donations of all sizes, and we are constantly amazed by the willingness of people to help those struggling to stay warm and well. We are asking again if people can consider giving any amount to our appeal.”
If you would like to support our Surviving Winter Campaign in Merseyside then please click on the link below to donate through our Localgiving.com page. For a limited time only your donation will be match pound-for-pound up to £10.
Alternatively please send a cheque, made payable to Community Foundation for Merseyside to 3rd Floor, Stanley Building, 43 Hanover Street, Liverpool, L1 3DN and make a note your donation is to support Surviving Winter 2014/15.
Please click here to download a gift aid form if you are a UK tax payer.
Weston Charity Awards Launched
The Garfield Weston Foundation have announced that in 2015 the Weston Charity Awards will be extending across the North of England.
The awards are focused on celebrating and supporting excellent charities working in the fields of Youth, Welfare and Community.
Building on the success of the first awards in the North East, they are now expanding the awards across the North and aim to have 12 award holders in 2015.
Applications are open from the 1st December and the closing date is the 30th January 2015.
If you are an ambitious charity in the North of England, are making a difference to people in need and would like to develop your work further, wThe Weston Charity Awards would love to hear from you.
For an information flyer click here and to visit the website please visit http://www.westoncharityawards.org
ACC Liverpool launch staff fund
We are delighted that ACC (Convention Centre) Liverpool is the latest donor to be working with the Community Foundation for Merseyside. Any donations they make are a result of the tremendous fundraising activities of the ACC Liverpool staff.
The focus on the Merseyside area will be the following priorities (in-line with Merseyside Vital Sign themes)
• Children, young people and families
• Social isolation
• Education and learning
• Housing and homelessness
Congratulations to all the staff on their continuous hard work fundraising and we look forward to working with you to launch the ACC Liverpool Foundation and distribute grants across Merseyside.
Visit to Sanctuary Family Support
As part of sponsorship for the 2013 Spirit of Merseyside Awards we committed to providing opportunities for our sponsors to visit an award winning project we have supported to see first hand the difference they are making and the positive impact they are having on the communities of Merseyside. We visited the Health and Wellbeing winners, Sanctuary Family Support, a group that provides mandatory support, advice and crisis counselling for families in Merseyside suffering from substance misuse. This project fits with our Health and Wellbeing agenda identified in our Merseyside Vital Signs report.
The visit provided our sponsors with an insight into the services that Sanctuary Family Support provide and we also had the opportunity to hear first hand real stories from the carers- this was very emotional and inspiring. Sam Evans, Hill Dickinson, "The project visit was extremely emotional, enlightening and inspiring. The staff and volunteers at Sanctuary work tirelessly to provide an invaluable service and the service users provided some tragic but heart-warming and inspiring stories. Thank you to the Community Foundation for facilitating the visit, as visits like this are vital to making people aware of the essential and often invisible work that’s goes on their community every day". We will be hosting further visits this year to give sponsors the opportunity to learn about other projects we support that fit into different themes identified in our Merseyside Vital Signs report. If you would like to learn more about our project visits then please contact Lauren Malone at firstname.lastname@example.org
23 Foundation's Macy on ITV
Young Macy Clarke has been supported by the 23 Foundation since November 2012 with funding to assist with finances as Macy's tennis hours increase to support her aim of moving from regional to national tennis playing level.
Macy joined Jamie Carragher in an interview broadcasted by ITV. Click on the link below to watch the interview.