Bedford Blues rugby club are lending their support to help publicise an appeal which aims to raise funds for those most in need over the winter months.
The fundraiser has been launched by the Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation (BLCF), an independent registered charity.
The charity provides support to local community groups and charities, many of whom are working with some of the county’s most vulnerable and in need.
They have launched their Surviving Winter appeal to support those who may struggle with food or fuel poverty during the winter months.
It is estimated that more than 41,700 households in Bedfordshire live in poverty.
Dominic Fraser, head of community at Bedford Blues, said: “We are asking the people and businesses of Bedfordshire to come together to support those in need and help them cope over the winter months.
“For many people it can sometimes be a choice between heating or eating, this isn’t just something that affects older people, but also families and others in need. Monies raised will support those most vulnerable in the community, together we can help to make a real difference.”
BLCF are partnering with local grassroot organisations who work with those most vulnerable in the community, these include Bedford Foodbank, The Need Project, FACES and Age Concern to provide essential items like food parcels, winter kits, or helping towards paying fuel costs for those most in need.
The appeal is running across winter, until March 2019, and aims to raise £10,000 to support individuals and families across the county during the winter months.
If you are a local business or individual that would like to support this appeal please get in touch on 01234 834930. Alternatively you can donate by text to ‘BLCF10’ followed by the amount (£5 or £10) to 70070
Or visit the website link at http://www.blcf.org.uk/giving/donate/winter/
People can also donate by sending a cheque to the organisation’s address at BLCF, The Old School, Southill Road, Cardington, Beds, MK44 3SX.