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Winter appeal 2018/19

Local people need your help this winter

Government statistics show that in Hertfordshire over 32,000 homes are estimated to live in fuel poverty and between August 2013 and July 2016 there were 1,795 excess winter deaths in the county. It is also known that 10% of our county’s population live in an area of deprivation and more than 30,000 Hertfordshire children are living below the poverty line.
It is not only people experiencing homelessness who are affected by the colder weather. A redundancy, benefit change or delay or even an unexpected bill can be devastating for anyone who is struggling to make ends meet. The freezing temperatures bring added pressure and many may be forced to choose between heating or eating.

Our winter appeal aims to help local residents who are facing a difficult and stressful time this winter. 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.

Click here to make a donation or send a cheque made out to ‘Hertfordshire Community Foundation’ to: HCF Winter Appeal, Foundation House, 2-4 Forum Place, Fiddlebridge Lane, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL10 0RN

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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