Winter appeal

Helping local people through the winter months

Our annual winter appeal aims to help local residents facing a difficult and stressful time during the winter months.
A redundancy, benefit change or delay or even an unexpected bill can be devastating for anyone who is struggling to make ends meet. Sometimes this means that they simply cannot afford to heat their homes. Sadly each year local people are forced to choose between heating or eating.

HCF would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported our 2018/19 winter appeal. Thanks to the generosity of schools, local residents and businesses HCF has provided much needed support to local residents living in need and deprivation. 

Thanks to the winter appeal we have helped families in crisis and residents experiencing fuel and food poverty. 

Our 2019/2020 winter appeal will launch again in the autumn of 2019. If you would like to help a local family or individual who is struggling this is a great way to do so. Donations of any size are welcome. As little as £5 can help feed a local child, provide a warm meal to a resident experiencing homelessness, help an elderly neighbour stay warm this winter or go towards buying a family in crisis an essential appliance such as a washing machine or child’s bed. If you receive the Winter Fuel Allowance and don’t need it to pay your own bills, our Winter Appeal is a great way to help someone else.

To find out more call 01707 251351 or email

Mother worries about keeping children warm

Michelle is a young mum facing a shortfall in her weekly budget. Her biggest fear is ending up on the street with her small children.
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Winter appeal helps reunite father and child

Last year the Hertfordshire Community Foundation’s Winter Appeal helped vulnerable Hertfordshire residents throughout the county. One such story is how funds from the appeal helped self-employed carpenter, Max* and his 18-month-old daughter Poppy*.
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Catch up with our latest news

Welcome to our new Training and Development Project Manager
Louise Marron joins as HCF Training & Development Project Manager. .
Grants available to help women and girls
Not-for-profit groups across Hertfordshire can apply to the Tampon Tax Community Fund to help support women and girls facing domestic abuse, period poverty, sexual abuse and mental health and long-term unemployment. .
Professional Adviser seminar: 3 October 2019
HCF, together with the High Sheriff of Hertfordshire, would like to invite professional advisers to a free seminar at the University of Hertfordshire. .
Welcome to our new volunteers
We are delighted to welcome Alex Wiltshire and Nick Powlesland as our new volunteers. .