A Leeds charity was today celebrating success for its Yorkshire Evening Post-backed Winter Warmth Campaign.
The Leeds Community Foundation (LCF) charity has been aiming to raise £50,000 to give out to groups working with elderly and other vulnerable people in the coldest months of the year.
Generous donations from businesses and YEP readers helped push the appeal total to £32,000 during the run-up to Christmas.
Now, however, it has smashed past its original target figure thanks to £50,000 of funding from Leeds City Council.
And the resulting cashpot was today hailed as “great news” by LCF chief executive Sally-Anne Greenfield.
She told the YEP: “We have £82,000 to distribute which will have a really positive impact on the lives of local people.”
Grants of up to £2,500 are on offer to voluntary or community groups, charities and social enterprises.
Cash will be awarded to applicants with ideas designed to address social isolation and support vulnerable people living in cold housing.
The deadline for applications is next Friday, January 10. Visit www.leedscf.org.uk for more details. The £50,000 given to the LCF is part of a £200,000 funding package made available by the council’s public health team to help winter warmth programmes across the city.
Other beneficiaries include Care & Repair Leeds and Groundwork Leeds. Coun Lisa Mulherin, the council’s executive board member for health and well-being, said the local authority had come up with the money despite “unprecedented pressures” on health and social care budgets.
The LCF launched its campaign in November after Government funding cuts left it with just £10,000 to distribute this winter compared to £60,000 at the start of last year.
Past grant beneficiaries include Caring Together in Woodhouse and Little London while appeal supporters include Headingley architects Brewster Bye.