Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation (BLCF) are an independent registered charity, providing support to local community groups and charities, many of whom are working with some of the county’s most vulnerable and in need.
We have just launched our Surviving Winter appeal to support those who may struggle with food or fuel poverty during the winter months by providing essential items such as blankets, food or even helping people pay their energy bills.
Statistics suggest that around 700 older or vulnerable people in Bedfordshire die from illnesses related to or exacerbated by the cold each year. Older people or those suffering with illnesses such as cancer are at particular risk as they can find it more difficult to keep warm, but for many the rising energy prices means they can’t afford to keep the heating on.
On average 1 in 6 children in Bedfordshire are living in poverty, which is estimated to affect around 41,753 households. These families and others like them, with the additional costs associated with the cold weather can mean many parents having to make a choice between heating and eating.
We are looking to raise vital funds within the community which will be used in several ways; including giving small grants to not-for-profit groups working with disadvantaged people, provide winter survival packs to individuals and families living in poverty across Bedfordshire and also help vulnerable people pay their energy bills.
Partnering with key organisations, like local Foodbanks & Age Concern, who work at grassroots level to ensure the support is reaching those most in need. The appeal is running between November and March and aims to raise £20,000 to support individuals and families across the county.
To donate to this appeal, you can go online at blcf.org.uk/winter or, text BLCF10 £5 or BLCF10 £10. We are also looking for local businesses or individuals who wish to give their support by fundraising or sponsoring the appeal also.