PPM Limited and Home Group support The Big Sleep 2019
- Wednesday, 10 April 2019
- Written by PPM Ltd
On Saturday the 8th March, a brave team from PPM Limited and our client partner, Home Group, spent the night under the stars to help raise funds for vulnerable older people in Cumbria this winter.
In a bad winter, 300 elderly Cumbrians die every year due to cold weather as they are made to choose between heating and eating.
The Big Sleep is held every winter to raise money for Cumbria Community Foundation’s Winter Warmth Appeal – a pot of cash distributed via Age UK to help older people suffering from rising fuel costs and poor health. Since it was first launched six years ago, the Big Sleep has attracted more than 500 people and raised over £100,000 for the appeal.
The event takes place on the shore of Lake Windermere, opposite the Low Wood Bay Hotel in Windermere. This is the third time PPM employees have got involved in the event and the first time we have done it in partnership with our clients Home Group, a local housing association. PPM provide property maintenance services to Home Group properties in South Lakeland.
In the run up to the event PPM Limited held fundraisers to raise money and awareness of the appeal, including a Christmas Jumper Day for all staff and a Christmas cake sale in our Head Office in Carlisle.
Although there was hail and snow on the journey to the event it was a beautiful evening in Windermere, perfect for getting the tents up. There were activities to enjoy in the main marquee for any little sleepers and delicious warm food provided by the Low Wood Hotel. Volunteers from Calderwood House, a homeless hostel in Egremont, kept everyone warm with their speciality coffee and other hot drinks. Everybody was kept entertained with a showing of Peter Rabbit before braving the cold and settling down for the night. We thought we might wake up to inches of snow after the weather warning issued for 2 am but luckily it held off, instead we all enjoyed delicious bacon and egg rolls provided by the Low Wood Hotel.
Sponsorship is still rolling in and so full total is still to be confirmed. Hopefully it will be close to the fantastic amount of £821 raised last year. The joint PPM and Home Group team loved taking part in the event together and we hope to come along and support this amazing event for a third time next year.
Beth, our Communications and Development officer said: “As a local Cumbrian business we believe it’s important to support local Cumbrian charities whenever we can. Due to the nature of our works, carrying out maintenance in homes throughout Cumbria, we see first-hand elderly people suffering in the cold winters so we thought it would be great to take part in the event in partnership with one of our clients, raising money for an amazing cause whilst having fun and making memories in a beautiful location”
For more information about the Winter Warmth Fund and examples of people who were helped by the fund, please click here:– Cumbria Community Foundation, Winter Warmth Appeal
Fuel Poverty - Fuel poverty occurs when people are unable to heat their home to an adequate level at reasonable cost. There are three key interacting factors that cause fuel poverty: low incomes, high fuel prices and properties that are energy inefficient. The negative consequences associated with fuel poverty include health problems, excess winter deaths and increases in personal debt.