Age UK Horsham District’s ‘Spread The Warmth’ campaign launched at the start of November encouraging the community to raise funds to support older people during winter.
Cafes and restaurants are taking part by raising money from their warming products in order to support local vulnerable people during the colder months.
December will see The White Horse Smokehouse and Grill in Steyning getting on board by donating £1 from their ‘Christmas In A Glass’, a hot winter cocktail that warms you up and will also warm up a local older person.
Drop in and try something unique as part of your Christmas and New Year celebrations. In Horsham town head to The REAL Eating Company’s cafes on East Street or in Swan Walk and help warm up an older person through buying any of their hot drinks.
Helena Hudson, founder of The REAL Eating Company said:“We are approached regularly by local charities to help them in their fund-raising efforts for worthwhile causes. We are an independent, small business and feel that we should do something for the local community where we work and make our sales.
“In Horsham, we are supporting a very worthwhile and prescient cause this Christmas – to help elderly people across Horsham through the ‘Spread the Warmth’ campaign organised by Age UK Horsham District.
“We will be contributing 5p from EVERY hot drink that we sell in December which we expect will raise considerable funds to help many more elderly people stay warm this Christmas in Horsham.”
The Old Forge Deli in Storrington and the I-Café above Dixey CB opticians in Horsham have been fundraising throughout November and will be continuing throughout the campaign with offers on products that will warm up and make a contribution to the support Age UK Horsham District provide.
The Sussex Produce shop donated 25p for each of their hot chocolate sales in November to help Age UK Horsham District deliver its vital charitable services.
‘Spread The Warmth’ runs through to the beginning of March.
You can donate now by texting AUKH00 followed by a donation to 70070. Age UK Horsham District is encouraging the public to get on board and through holding your own warming fundraisers.
A simple coffee morning or a sponsored winter walk can raise vital funds to support older people this winter.
If you own a food and drink outlet and would like to get involved with the campaign or would like to do something to help raise funds on your own, contact Lawrie Mallyon on 07910 385926 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a free information pack and ideas to get you started.
You can learn more on the Age UK Horsham District website www.ageukhorshamdistrict.org.uk which includes a whole section on Spread The Warmth. Follow them on facebook or twitter to receive updates.
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