Grant money to end winter of discontent

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A COMMUNITY group has been handed a huge grant of up to £30,000 to help out those who need it most during the cold winter months.

MK Community Foundation (MKCF) won the cheque in match funding from the Department of Health’s ‘Warm Homes, Healthy People’ initiative.

It means that for every pound the Foundation raises, it is matched by the department.

MKCF have partnered with Milton Keynes Age UK, The Foodbank, YMCA and SSAFA Forces Help to ensure the funds raised will directly support local people who are most in need this winter.

These funds will typically buy emergency food and clothing, duvets, blankets, hot water bottles and the means to help the people they work with to stay warm, have food and stay mobile this winter.

Sarah Sweet-Rowley, marketing manager said: “This is great news and we really hope it will encourage new donations.”

To date, the appeal funds have greatly supported the YMCA’s Emergency Night Shelter which is keeping homeless people from sleeping on the streets during these coldest months.

Support has been given to support the Foodbank service over their busy Christmas period and several grants have been made to provide warmth and comfort to older people in their homes already this winter.

To find out more information or to donate to the MKCF, visit