Workers urged to give Secret Santa cash

11 December 2010

OFFICE workers are being encouraged to make donations to help elderly people this winter rather than give each other Christmas presents.

Staff at the County Durham Community Foundation have decided to donate money to the Winter Relief Appeal rather than have their annual Secret Santa gift swap, and are urging other people to follow suit.

Although temperatures are rising, there are still fears that melting snow could leave elderly people just as vulnerable because of the risk of ice forming overnight, and flooding.

The foundation set up the Winter Relief Fund, with the support of The Northern Echo to try to raise £250,000 this winter.

The money will be given to groups working with elderly and homeless people to provide emergency relief during the winter.

The fund is also calling for people who receive the winter fuel allowance and do not need the money to donate it to those less fortunate than themselves.

Anyone is welcome to make a donation of any amount to the appeal by calling 0191-378- 6345.

Groups working with elderly and homeless people are encouraged to apply for a grant by calling 0191-378-6344.

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