Cheshire charities making a big difference to the local community

Cheshire is often cited as one of the wealthiest areas in the UK, with many of the most expensive postcodes within its geography. Think Cheshire and you may imagine footballers’ houses, wealthy suburbs and designer boutiques. While many areas within Cheshire are indeed populated by some of the wealthiest people in the country – like the rest of the UK – there are areas where the residents need support, advice, kindness and charity.

The pandemic has adversely affected people from across the spectrum and although there have been national schemes aimed at addressing the imbalance, many people have turned to charity in their time of need. Fortunately, our region is home to many wonderful charities offering kindness and practical help to thousands of residents, and we feature a selection here, along with ways you can help.

Cheshire Community Foundation
Raising funds to support hundreds of small charities and voluntary groups, Cheshire Community Foundation connects people and companies with the most effective grass-roots charities, helping those most in need. Since 2021, more than £8 million in grants has been awarded to more than 1,450 local organisations.

Surviving Winter Appeal
This appeal is addressing the problem of fuel poverty, which affects 1 in 10 homes in Cheshire and Warrington, meaning 40,000 people will be without heating over the cold winter months. For the over-85s in Cheshire East, approaching winter means a 57% increase in deaths, which is much higher than the national average.

The Winter Appeal is raising funds to distribute to a number of trusted local charities who provide hot meals, regular activity and social contact for vulnerable older people and those in fuel poverty.

You can help by donating now. If you don’t need your winter fuel payment, why not consider donating it? Or donate whatever you can.

St Luke’s Cheshire Hospice
Established in 1988, St Luke’s has provided palliative care for local people, supporting them and their families beyond the scope of the NHS. In 2020 over 1,000 local people were supported with end-of-life support and care on its ward, from children to older members of the community. 

Funded by the community it serves, St Luke’s relies on the local population to pay for its services – all of which are provided free of charge. It receives a small amount of government funding, meaning the vast majority of its running costs have to be raised through donations and fundraising – a massive 84%. Its own charity shops and lottery raise funds, but they rely on generous supporters like you.

There are several ways you can support St Luke’s – if you would like to donate through corporate fundraising there are many options, including volunteering, gifting expertise, workplace fundraising, sponsorship or taking on a challenge. You can find out more here

As an individual, you could support the hospice by attending one of its many fundraising events. Events in the future include ‘Bring a £1 to workday’, The Great Hospice Pudding Day, Skydive March 2022 and Manor House Stables Tour. Find out more here.

You can also make a quick donation now!