Launch of Challenge 25 2022

Help us to help those battling fuel poverty this winter. 

Due to the cost-of-living crisis and escalating energy prices, there are thousands of people living in fuel poverty across the Wakefield District. People who spend every hour in bed just to keep warm, and working families forced to choose between feeding their children a healthy meal and heating their homes, because their wages simply don’t go far enough. 

The Community Foundation Wakefield District’s ‘Give the Gift of Warmth’ campaign raises funds to provide Emergency Winter Fuel Grants for these people. 

Wakefield and the Five Towns is a hard-working district but there are several areas that are high in deprivation. This year, we have seen the price of practically everything soar whilst wages have remained stagnant; this has led to more and more demand on such as food banks and community hubs, which are all working hard to alleviate poverty. People’s support systems are already stretched, which will leave individuals, families and the elderly in extremely vulnerable situations this winter.

Together with our partners, Wakefield District Housing (WDH), The Reed Foundation and Wakefield Council, we will provide Emergency Winter Fuel Grants to people in need of support. The grants will be distributed through the Wakefield Council’s Welfare Department to help ensure that those struggling to meet their fuel bills can afford to keep warm this
winter.

Campaign Aims 

Our target this year is a minimum of £25,000, which will help to provide Emergency Winter Fuel Grants (averaging £25 each) to over 1,000 households throughout Wakefield and the surrounding areas. The grants will help prevent families and individuals from spiralling into debt during winter and may open the door to other support services that could help them in the longer term. Last year, as a result of our Fuel Poverty campaign, we provided more than 70% of the grants allocated by Wakefield Council’s Welfare Department. This year, the issue has become even more desperate, and many more people need our help.

This is where you come in…how can you help

The business community in Wakefield could make a huge difference to the lives of local people in need of support. We are once again running Challenge 25 to raise as much money as we can for this very worthwhile cause.

We’re looking for at least 25 teams to raise as many multiples of £25 as they can, over 25 days (or less). Challenge 25 is a great way to encourage team-building and to help your staff feel proud that they’re doing their bit for their friends, neighbours and peers. It’s also an opportunity for you and your team to have some fun whilst doing good. Let your
imagination run wild!

You could arrange a sponsored bike ride amongst staff members, a darts tournament, or re-enact your own version of the British Bake Off or Come Dine with Me. Install a swear-box in your office, hold a raffle for a day off for one lucky employee, arrange a quiz night – or come up with your own fundraising idea.

We have run our Fuel Poverty campaign for many years, and never has the issue been as pertinent nor affected so many. As the saying goes, ‘there’s always someone worse off than you’, and it’s these people we’re striving to help.

If you’d like more information about becoming one of our Challenge 25 teams, email diane.hall@wakefieldcf.org.uk.