Can Redmove help to keep some of our elderly York residents warm this winter?

I walked into the office yesterday, it was a cold Monday.  Gemma said “can Redmove help some old people that are cold and can’t afford to heat their homes properly this winter?”, I said “yes, but how?”, and there the discussion began.

We’ve been inspired by the brilliant Innocent Smoothies Big Knit campaign, where their smoothie bottles are wearing hats in aid of helping to keep our older people warm through Age UK. We’re not quite as big as Innocent and we can’t really ask people to knit hats for our properties, but we thought we can do something to help.

So here’s our problem, we’d like to help, but what is the best way to do it? We’ve allocated £1,000 to give and we’d like your help as to how to give it. What we really want to do is actually help some York residents, so don’t really want to just give to Age UK for example, but how do we do that, how do we find the right people? We thought about paying £100 off the utility bills in January of 10 residents, is £100 enough, will that really make a difference?

We don’t really want people to think “they’re only doing it for some cheap publicity”, that’s not the case. We’ve had an OK year and would really like to give something back. We do give to good causes, but we’ve never done anything like this. We’d like to think next year we can do the same but double the amount, even more if we can. None of our older people should be cold this winter, it would be great to think we actually made a difference to some people’s lives.

Now we’re all quite privileged in that none of us here will be cold this winter in our own homes, and none of our relatives will be either. So how do we go about finding the right people to help, should we give £50 to 20 people, would that be enough to make a difference?

We’re sure there are lots of different ways to go about giving this money away, we wish it could be more – we’d really appreciate your comments on the best way to go about it.

Yvette Redmond, Direcetor, Redmove.

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