P R E S S R E L E A S E
For immediate release
19th October 2018
SURVIVING WINTER CAMPAIGN CALLS FOR ‘GOVERNMENT WINTER FUEL PAYMENT’ DONATIONS TO TACKLE FUEL POVERTY
Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF) has launched its Surviving Winter 2018/19 campaign, calling for people to help tackle fuel poverty by donating their Government ‘Winter Fuel Payment’ if they are fortunate enough to be able to do so, in order to help older and vulnerable people struggling to keep warm in local communities.
The funds raised are distributed directly to those most in need through HIWCF partners The Footprint Trust, Vivid Homes and The Princess Royal Trust for Carers, to ensure vulnerable people can afford to stay warm, eat well and remain mobile during the coldest months, providing practical help with travel to doctor’s appointments, assistance with shopping for essential items and support to get out of the house and meet up with friends at a local community group for some company and a natter over a cup of tea.
Grant Cornwell MBE, Chief Executive at HIWCF commented: “Surviving Winter exists to support those living in fuel poverty and relies almost wholly on donations of unwanted Winter Fuel Payments, with almost £50,000 raised to date over the past eight years. This is a vital campaign that generates funds to help those most severely affected by fuel bill price hikes and the rise in the cost of living, where even keeping one room warm can be a struggle. Winter can be a challenge to survive for some, so if you are in a position to do so, please help by recycling your winter fuel payment or by making a much-needed donation to this vital local cause via the HIWCF website www.hiwcf.com.”
Ray Harrington-Vail, General Manager of The Footprint Trust added “The Footprint Trust, as part of the scheme, visits some 500 vulnerable homes reducing clients’ utility bills, getting them better deals on their power and obtaining free insulation for their homes. Last year the Trust saved Islanders over £100,000 on their utility bills. Thanks to the Surviving Winter initiative they were able to help vulnerable people with a contribution towards their fuel bills.”
Latest data from the Office for National Statistics shows that over the winter of 2016-17, there were an estimated 34,300 excess winter deaths in England and Wales, which has increased since the previous winter period by around 39.5%. During last winter, 20.9% more deaths occurred in England and Wales compared with the non-winter months, and figures for the South East region are higher than this average at 21.8%. Please help HIWCF to support those in need in our area.
HIWCF encourages the residents of Hampshire and Isle of Wight to donate generously to the Surviving Winter Campaign; if you can help, please go to www.hiwcf.com and make a donation via our ‘BT My Donate’ page under ‘Donate’ https://mydonate.bt.com/donation/start.html?charity=182347
Alternatively, please send your donation by cheque to: The Chief Executive, Surviving Winter Campaign, HIWCF, Dame Mary Fagan House, Lutyens Close, Basingstoke, RG24 8AG. Thank you for your support.
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Photographs courtesy of the Footprint Trust
NOTES TO EDITORS
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Name: Lucy Sweet, Marketing Manager
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About Surviving Winter
Surviving Winter was first launched in 2011. The original objective behind Surviving Winter was to encourage those in receipt of a Winter Fuel Payment from the government to donate this, if they were able, to support older and vulnerable people less fortunate than themselves. Since then the difficult economic environment has meant that more vulnerable people are in need of help and we have diversified the Surviving Winter campaign to meet that change to include general donations from the public. HIWCF partners with The Footprint Trust, Vivid Homes and Princess Royal Trust for Carers to distribute Surviving Winter funds to vulnerable people in need.
Excess Winter Deaths in England and Wales – Office for National Statistics
In the 2016 to 2017 winter period, there were an estimated 34,300 excess winter deaths (EWDs) in England and Wales, which has increased since the 2015 to 2016 winter period by around 39.5%. This represents an excess winter mortality (EWM) index of 20.9%, which means that 20.9% more deaths occurred in the winter months compared with the non-winter months in 2016 to 2017. Although there has been an increase in EWDs in 2016 to 2017 of almost two-fifths, the number does not exceed the recent peak of deaths that was observed in the 2014 to 2015 winter period, which was exceptionally large compared with recent reference periods in the 21st century
About Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation
Registered Charity No: 1100417 – Registered Company Number 4534462
The Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF) is an independent charitable trust established to inspire local giving for local need. The Community Foundation works both with donors who want to give something back to their local communities and voluntary groups providing vital services for local people where often a few hundred pounds can make a real difference to their lives. Companies, individuals, families and trusts can establish a fund with the Foundation, which supports a growing programme of grant-making to communities. HIWCF is part of a national network of 46 Community Foundations, one of the fastest growing philanthropic movements in the UK. Local groups can take a look at the HIWCF website to see if they might qualify for a grant: www.hiwcf.com or email HIWCF at firstname.lastname@example.org