Help to keep lo­cal fam­i­lies warm and well this win­ter

Hertfordshire Life - - PROMOTION -

Hert­ford­shire Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion turns your gen­eros­ity into help for lo­cal residents in cri­sis this win­ter.

Last year there were an es­ti­mated 658 win­ter deaths at­trib­uted to poor liv­ing con­di­tions in Hert­ford­shire. A fur­ther 490 in­di­vid­u­als sleep rough each night, of­ten in freez­ing win­ter con­di­tions, and an es­ti­mated 30,000 chil­dren in our county cur­rently live be­low the poverty line. Ris­ing costs of liv­ing and the roll out of Univer­sal Credit are hit­ting the low­est in­come fam­i­lies and in­di­vid­u­als hard­est. For Hert­ford­shire’s most vul­ner­a­ble residents this win­ter, which is fore­cast to be par­tic­u­larly se­vere, looks bleak as they are forced to choose be­tween eat­ing or heat­ing.

Hert­ford­shire Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion (HCF) is a coun­ty­wide char­ity that sup­ports or­gan­i­sa­tions and groups to im­prove the lives of Hert­ford­shire’s most vul­ner­a­ble residents. This win­ter we are run­ning a win­ter ap­peal, mak­ing it eas­ier for you to help those in your com­mu­nity who are in cri­sis. Do­na­tions made to the ap­peal will be dis­trib­uted to help the most vul­ner­a­ble to stay warm and well.

Last year our win­ter ap­peal helped Hert­ford­shire residents, like Michelle of Bore­ham­wood.

Michelle (34) is a mother of four young chil­dren. Her youngest is just a few weeks old. She had to give up her job as the weekly cost of child care ex­ceeded her wages. When the hous­ing ben­e­fit cap came in ef­fect, Michelle faced a short­fall.

“I had to find £70 ex­tra per week to pay to­wards my rent, I had to use money I would nor­mally spend on food. This was so stress­ful for me! I shopped around for the cheap­est prod­ucts but still couldn’t make ends meet. I had no choice but to use the food­bank to help feed my chil­dren. My great­est fear is los­ing my home and end­ing up on the streets with my kids. I have really been strug­gling this year.

“Now my main con­cern is hav­ing enough money for gas and elec­tric­ity this win­ter. I hear it’s go­ing to be really cold and I don’t think I will have the ex­tra money needed to heat the house. The chil­dren are my main pri­or­ity.”

A gift of £10 or more could help some­one like Michelle to keep her chil­dren warm and safe this win­ter. It could feed a lo­cal child, pro­vide a warm meal to a res­i­dent ex­pe­ri­enc­ing homelessness, help an el­derly neigh­bour stay warm or help to buy a fam­ily in cri­sis an es­sen­tial ap­pli­ance such as a wash­ing ma­chine or child’s bed. If you re­ceive the Govern­ment’s Win­ter Fuel Pay­ment and you don’t need it to pay your own fuel bills, please con­sider do­nat­ing it to our win­ter ap­peal.

For more in­for­ma­tion please con­tact He­len Gray, Foun­da­tion Di­rec­tor at he­[email protected] or call 01707 251 351

* names have been changed

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