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"Stay Well This Winter" appeal launches to raise awareness and funds for Fuel Poverty.

At this crucial time of Lockdowns and uncertainty, more people than ever are expected to face financial difficulties during the colder months. Research tells us that homes in Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire and Luton feature in the top third of fuel poverty in the East of England, we want to improve that statistic.

The campaign aims to raise money to help vulnerable individuals and families, and potentially isolated people stay warm and well over winter. We believe that no one should ever face a choice between heating and eating in the coldest months of the year.

If you are able to donate, your contribution will be used in several ways, including: helping people to pay their energy bills, giving small grants to not-for-profit groups to identify those most at risk and offer longer-term support locally, providing winter essential care packs to individuals and families living in poverty so that they can improve their winter wellbeing

Donating today means you have helped those in need to cope with the hardest season, in a very hard year.

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The Bedfordshire Coronavirus Emergency Fund raises over £640,000 in just 6 weeks!

Since launching the fund on 23rd March 2020, as an immediate response to the UK Government’s Lockdown instructions, we have raised £644K in just over 6 weeks. With the help of our fantastic partners and generous funders, this money has already started to make a difference in our community, as small, local charities respond to the pandemic and upscale and adapt their services to meet the needs of their users.

To date 95 emergency grants have been awarded and a total of £481K has been distributed across Bedfordshire (61%).


Winners of High Sheriff of Bedfordshire 2019 – 2020

On the 28th March 2020 the High Sheriff of Bedfordshire Meryl Dolling awarded over 24 certificates and 12 trophies to people and groups nominated for the High Sheriff Awards 2019-20.

Huge congratulations to all our winners & runners up at the High Sheriffs Awards, which BLCF were pleased to have supported.

Details of winners achievements are listed at the bottom of this page. Well Done Everyone!