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 so that they are not forced to choose between heating or eating.
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.

A recent report states that roughly 1 in 11 homes in Hertfordshire is classified as ‘fuel poor’ meaning that the household’s energy costs are above average and their remaining disposable income after paying their bills puts them below the poverty line.
The effects of fuel poverty can be devastating. It can lead to social isolation, poorer physical and mental health, lower educational achievement and rationing of food and other essentials.

Our winter appeal welcomes donations of any size. As little as £5 can help feed a local child, provide a warm meal to a resident experiencing homelessness, help an elderly neighbour to 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, please consider donating it towards our Winter Appeal. It is a great way to help some of Hertfordshire’s most vulnerable residents this winter.

Donations are used to deliver payments to vulnerable or older people who need additional financial help to heat their homes adequately in winter. Funds are distributed through our partnerships with Age UK Hertfordshire and selected Hertfordshire Citizen Advice Bureaus and Foodbanks after a simple assessment based on need to ensure that the money goes directly to those who desperately need it in a simple, quick and cost-effective way.

The roll-out of Universal Credit, rising fuel prices and higher costs of living are all resulting in more people struggling in Hertfordshire. If you would like to help a local family or individual who is struggling this is a great way to do so.

Donations can be made online ; via bank transfer to Account Number 28592379 Sort code 60-10-39; or by sending a cheque made payable to ‘Hertfordshire Community Foundation’ to HCF, Foundation House, 2-4 Forum Place, Fiddlebridge Road, Hatfield AL10 0RN

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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Video: What will you spend £5 on this winter?

Even a small donation can make a big difference to a local person struggling this winter.

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