The image of three hundred pairs of slippers, one for each life sadly lost to the winter cold, has been created to launch Cumbria Community Foundation’s annual Winter Warmth Appeal. It  graphically brings home the harsh reality of a cold winter and fuel poverty in the county.

The charity’s chief executive, Andy Beeforth, said: “Every year we appeal to the public to give money to help keep our older neighbours warm and safe in the winter months. We know that, on average, in a bad winter an extra 300 people will lose their lives to the effects of the plummeting temperatures. More than 120,000 Cumbrians receive the Winter Fuel Payment and to many it’s a lifeline but for those that don’t need it we can pass the money onto someone who is choosing between heating and eating this winter. Maybe we can help keep some of those slippers in front of a warm fire, where they should be.”


Launched in 2010, the Winter Warmth Appeal has raised £630,000 to help thousands of older people who are in danger of becoming ill or even dying because of the cold. It literally saves lives.

Cumbria Community Foundation collects generous donations and partners with Age UK across the county to share them with vulnerable older people who struggle to heat their homes, so they can stay warm and healthy during winter. There are different ways to donate to help older people in Cumbria.

How to donate:



Please visit our BT MyDonate page to make a contribution:

Online donations made between midday 28th November until midday on 5th December will be doubled as part of the Big Give Christmas Challenge 2017:   

Send a cheque:

Please make cheques payable to Cumbria Community Foundation and write ‘Winter Warmth Fund’ on the back. Send cheques to our office; Cumbria Community Foundation, Dovenby Hall, Dovenby, Cockermouth, CA13 0PN.

If you are a tax payer, please also send a Gift Aid Declaration.



Donate via credit/debit card over the phone by calling 01900 825760. Lines are open Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm.

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