Winter poverty appeal

Helping local people through the winter months

We are appealing for donations to make sure that no one suffers from isolation, hunger or struggles to heat their homes this winter.
Many Hertfordshire residents will be facing a winter like no other. An anticipated rise in unemployment due to the end of the government furlough scheme, cuts to universal credit and soaring fuel prices mean that more people will increasingly be unable to cover the basic costs of living such as food, heating and other essentials.

Our annual Winter Poverty Appeal is raising funds to offer a lifeline to local families and vulnerable elderly residents.

With the help of donations from Hertfordshire residents and organisations we provide vital grants to cover fuel and food costs, activities to reduce loneliness and isolation and support to help those in need to access specialist services and community groups.

This winter will be a very, very difficult one for many. If you are in the position to do so, you can make an online donation below.
If you receive the Winter Fuel Payment, and don't need it, please consider donating an equivalent or part of it to the appeal. We will ensure that it helps a local resident this winter.

How to donate:

Every donation, large or small, can make a difference. To make a donation online please click the button below:


Bank transfer:
Account number 28592379, sort code 60-10-39

By cheque:
Payable to ‘Hertfordshire Community Foundation’ and posted to HCF, Foundation House, 2-4 Forum Place, Fiddlebridge Road, Hatfield AL10 0RN

Please share our appeal and spread the word, so that we can help more local people in need.

To find out more call 01707 251351 or email

In lieu of Christmas cards

Instead of buying Christmas cards and paying for postage we would love you to make a donation to the Winter Poverty Appeal and in return we will give you a lovely JPEG to send to your family, friends and colleagues.

Organic Christmas trees for sale in aid of HCF

Make a difference this Christmas and visit Sacombe Green to choose an organically grown Nordman Fir Tree.

A variety of popular shapes and sizes are available in exchange for a donation.

Open between 9am and 4pm on 4, 5, 11, 12, and 18 December 2021 at Sacombe Green SG12 0JQ

100% of donations will go to charity.
“I would like to thank you so much for my heating grant. I am 93 and live on my own. I suffer from pain and feel the cold so much. I live on my pension and have to be so careful. Thanks again I do appreciate it.”
Winter appeal grant recipient
“Thank you and your generous donors from the bottom of my heart for this generous contribution. My husband has been unwell for the past three years and, as I work and he was initially misdiagnosed, we have been living solely on my part time earnings, which has been a huge struggle.”
Winter appeal grant recipient
“Thank you for helping me to keep warm. I can now heat my home for myself and my child. Thank you very much, I do appreciate.”
Winter appeal grant recipient
“We have really struggled as my partner is self-employed and has been signed off work awaiting an operation. This has resulted in us having to apply for Universal Credit which is a 5 week wait for the first payment which has caused us much stress with paying our rent, council tax and bills. Your grant has taken so much pressure off us knowing that we will have gas and electricity for the children is massively one less worry at this difficult time. We really do appreciate it.”
Winter appeal grant recipient
“Thank you for my heating grant. I am an 86 year old widow who lives alone. I have mobility issues and various health conditions including Polymyalgia which affects my immune system and is exacerbated by the cold weather which means my heating costs are higher. Thanks to your grant I can continue to stay warm this winter.”
Winter appeal grant recipient
“Thank you so much for the grant I received. It is very much appreciated. It will help me enormously with the winter bills to keep warm and ease my arthritic pains and aches which can be very painful at times. Thank you again.”
Winter appeal grant recipient
“Thank you most sincerely for the recent grant, it was most appreciated and will relieve the worry of how to keep warm this winter.”
Winter appeal grant recipient

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

Donations from our winter appeal helped self-employed carpenter, Max* and his 18-month-old daughter Poppy*.
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Help with heating costs for wheelchair user

Tom* is in his forties, is disabled and lives on his own in a one bedroom flat. He really feels the cold at this time of year but is in debt trying to keep his flat warm.

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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