This year "The Big Give" is supporting Care & Repair Cymru through its Christmas Challenge campaign, providing the charity with a unique opportunity to double all donations received between Tuesday 28 November and Tuesday 5 December.

The Christmas Challenge, which was founded by entrepreneur and philanthropist Sir Alec Reed CBE, is the UK’s biggest online match funding campaign, and helps UK-registered charities to raise funds for their cause.

It also offers supporters of participating charities the opportunity to have their donation doubled on the campaign’s website,

Care & Repair Cymru is a national charitable body that exists to ensure that all older people are safe and warm in their own homes.

Last year the charity supported more than 46,000 people and helped to make nearly 12,000 homes safer and more secure.

Last winter 1,800 people in Wales died unnecessarily during the colder months. Care & Repair Cyrmu together with local agencies including Care & Repair in Powys are working hard this year to make sure that older people can continue living safely and comfortably in their homes.

Seventy-six-year-old Lloyd is one of the people who has benefitted from Care & Repair’ s support.

“I struggle with my arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart problems and it is always worse in the winter, I feel safe and warm thanks to Care & Repair fixing my heating. If it wasn’t for them I expect I would be in hospital by now.”

"The Big Give’s" Christmas Challenge 2017 goes live at midday on Giving Tuesday, 28th November and runs until midday on Tuesday 5th December.

Care & Repair Cymru are calling for all supporters to spread the message far and wide in a bid to raise a target of at least £8,000 during the campaign week.