HIWCF asks those in receipt of the annual Government ‘Winter Fuel Payment’ to make a donation to the Surviving Winter Fund if they are able, or to simply make a much-needed donation to help older people vulnerable to fuel poverty across our communities.
The Surviving Winter Campaign runs every year, recycling funds directly to those most in need of help, to ensure they can afford to stay warm, eat well and remain mobile during the coldest months, as well as providing practical help to assist attending doctors’ appointments, essential shopping visits and to maintain an active social life helping to prevent loneliness and isolation.
When the weather turns chilly, we simply turn up our heating without a second thought, but for some people this is not an option. Living in a cold house can put people at risk of health problems, with particular concern for older people during the winter months. The number of excess winter deaths recorded in Britain by the Office of National Statistics for the winter of 2017-18 was the highest recorded for over 40 years, with 50,000 deaths believed to be caused by issues including influenza, respiratory disease and colder than average temperatures. Those over 85 and those living in rural areas are more at risk.
If you would like to support the Surviving Winter Campaign, please donate here. Alternatively, if you prefer to make a donation by cheque, please make payable to Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation, and send to: The Chief Executive, Surviving Winter Campaign, HIWCF, Dame Mary Fagan House, Lutyens Close, Basingstoke, RG24 8AG. Thank you very much for your support.