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The Poverty Hurts Appeal is about bringing businesses and communities together to fight excess winter deaths, reduce poverty-related misery, and help the one-in-three local children living in poverty. We are leading the way by donating the £7,000 we saved in travel expenses because of the pandemic. Businesses and individuals who donate could also unlock match funding.*

Please fill in this very short form to apply for match funding.

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What will your donation do?

Every donation, large or small, can make a difference to local families and senior citizens facing a harsh winter.

*£150 could purchase blankets, winter coats and shoes and warm uniform items for children going without 

*£300 could pay for 60 hot meals and a chance to socialise in a warm village hall for OAPs 

*£500 could buy 25 baby care packs to help struggling families 

*£1,000 could fund tailored, caring support for people facing fuel poverty, including support into decent work 

*£2,000 could support a connect service to check in with the lonely, isolated and vulnerable 

Who will I be helping?

Your donation can help people like:

Evie*, who relied on a food delivery service funded by the Foundation 

“She has no family in the area. She said they were the only people she had seen for several weeks and their visits had made her smile every time.” 

Fred* a 97-year-old veteran who was left alone and isolated by the pandemic, was supported by a veteran’s project that gave him a tablet and showed him how to Facetime. 

“Now he speaks to his family, who live down south, three times a day. He can see them all at once and it’s made a big difference to him. He thought he would die without ever seeing his family again.”  

Kerry* raising her large family alone after the death of her husband, was supported by a project offering school uniform support to families in need. 

“We supported with items like underwear, socks and leggings to take away some of the expense of setting children up for the new term.” 

Bob* an ex-miner who attended a community project funded by the Foundation to ease his loneliness and get a winter coat and hot meals.  

“The sessions have given me a reason to get up on a morning.”  

Donations will be spent in County Durham and Tees Valley. Please specify which area you would like to support when you donate.

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