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A campaign is calling for action to help vulnerable Cornwall residents this winter

By cg_ailsam  |  Posted: December 14, 2013

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A campaign calls for action to support old and vulnerable Cornwall residents this winter.

The Cornwall Community Foundation (CCF), associated with the UK-wide Surviving Winter appeal, is encouraging residents to make donations to help vulnerable people affected by the cold winter.

Fuel prices have gone up, leaving 24 percent of households in fuel poverty, rising to 40 percent in parts of the Duchy, according to the CCF.

The CCF is a charity committed to supporting local projects in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly that engage local people in making their communities better places to live.

The CCF are looking to the people of Cornwall to help them raise funds which will be used directly to help people across the county who will be suffering throughout the winter due to rocketing energy prices, so that they can access hot food and deal with energy efficiency issues.

CEO of the CCF, Oliver Baines said: "If you are not fuel-poor, think about donating some or all of your Winter Fuel Payment as well as making general donations to the fund.

“You could help older and vulnerable person to survive this winter."

Since 2003 the CCF has been providing grants to local organisations to help vulnerable people.

The Foundation has granted over £5 million to over 2000 groups and organisations in Cornwall, according to the CCF.

The cold weather during the winter can cause serious health problems, including heart attacks and strokes with over 342 excess deaths in Cornwall at this time each year, according to the CCF.

The campaign addresses other winter costs such as food, weekly shopping trips, befriending services and help with energy efficiency issues.

Last year the CCF helped over 600 people, who without valuable support would of found surviving the winter a harrowing experience.

The Royal Voluntary Service (WRVS) operate a vital community meals-on-wheels service in Redruth and Falmouth.

They also provide a welcome friendly face to many people who have no visitors at all.

The South West Service delivery manager at WRVS, Amanda Whitlock said: "The funding we received last year from the CCF enabled us to provide our service users with two free meals over the coldest days of the winter."

Winter is not only a problem for older people in the community but also those with mental health issues as reduced daylight hours increase feelings of anxiety and high levels of depression often leading to thoughts of suicide, according to the CCF.

Visit the CCF website at www.cornwallfoundation.com or for further information, contact a member of staff on 01566 779333 or email office@conrwallfoundation.com

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