Appeal launched to keep Milton Keynes community 'safe, warm and well' this winter

    Milton Keynes Community Foundation has launched an emergency fundraising appeal in response to the alarming rise in the Cost of Living in Milton Keynes.

    With energy prices set to soar this winter, many people in Milton Keynes will be forced to choose between heating and eating; an impossible choice that no individual or family should have to make.

    The Cost-of-Living Crisis Appeal, by Milton Keynes Community Foundation, has been set up to help with the relief of energy price increases, food poverty and other associated costs.

    Ian Revell, Chief Executive at the Foundation said “With the rise in costs, this really is the time for people who can to give what they can and support some of the most vulnerable families in Milton Keynes and make a real difference for our city.”

    Demand on community groups supporting vulnerable families has increased dramatically in recent months. For example, MK Food Bank is already operating at levels typically seen in January. “84 phone calls, 300 emergency parcels, and 26 brand new families.” said Louisa Hobbs, Operations Manager at MK Food Bank. “That’s been our week so far – and it’s only Wednesday.”

    READ MORE: 300 emergency parcels given out by Food Bank in Milton Keynes so far this week

    Donations made will go into the Cost-of-Living Fund, which will enable community groups to continue their vital work across the city, helping those who have been affected most by the crisis.

    You can lend your support Milton Keynes Community Foundation's campaign by:

    • Donating your winter fuel payment
    • Making a one-off donation
    • Donate your £400 energy bills discount (this can be done via direct debit in 6 instalments of £66 throughout the winter period).

    In 2021, MK Community Foundation launched an emergency COVID-19 recovery appeal, which saw 314 grants to the sum of £1.6m given out to help and support local charitable organisations to recover from the effects of the pandemic.

    You can show your support to the cost of living crisis appeal here.

    READ MORE: Council announces package to help support suffering residents in Milton Keynes through cost-of-living crisis

    Earlier this month, the Progressive Alliance on Milton Keynes City Council announced that it is set to launch a £500,000 support package aimed at helping residents during the cost-of-living crisis.

    Milton Keynes City Council will be launching an additional helpline next month, providing energy advice and support throughout the winter months. There will also be financial assistance for those on the lowest incomes, as well as information about potential grants and funding.

    You can read more here.

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