Sponsor local Christmas meals to reduce loneliness this Christmas and spread some festive cheer

November 15, 2021

Somerset charity Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) is inviting businesses to help support vulnerable older people and help spread some festive cheer in our county this Christmas, as part of their long-running Surviving Winter appeal.

As we head into winter, rising energy costs mean more of our older neighbours here in Somerset are forced to choose between heating and eating. This winter will continue to be difficult and worrying for many in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, as many pensioners will need to stay at home to keep themselves safe, and will find themselves cut off from family and friends, facing higher costs to heat their homes while becoming more isolated than ever.

Surviving Winter encourages people who don’t need their Winter Fuel Payment to donate some or all of it to help local older people who are unable to afford to heat their homes to help them stay warm, safe and well every winter.

Alongside providing winter fuel grants to hundreds of vulnerable older people, SCF is inviting local businesses and individuals to help reduce loneliness and spread some warmth and cheer by donating £250 to fund local charities to safely provide festive activities, Christmas meals and gifts to our isolated older neighbours.

Supporters will receive a personalised Christmas e-card with their company logo to send to colleagues or clients to celebrate their support of the appeal. Crucially, every donation will help to make Christmas merry and bright for our neighbours in need.  

Graeme Crosbie, Founder and Director at Level Up South West said: “We are delighted to be able to support the Festive Fund and the work of Somerset Community Foundation again this year. Because we are rooted in Somerset, supporting those in need in our community is very important to us.  As a business, we work with organisations right across the county, supporting growth, skills development and the creation of quality employment opportunities within our community.

And through the work of SCF and the Festive Fund we know that our contributions are directly benefiting people all around us, helping to combat loneliness and working towards transforming lives – all of which aligns closely to our business values.”

Please help Somerset Community Foundation to help even more isolated and vulnerable people this year. Donate £250 and spread some festive cheer this Christmas. If you would like to sponsor a community Christmas meal, please visit: or email  

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