Our annual Surviving Winter Appeal raises donations for local older people suffering during the winter months from the combined effects of fuel poverty and social isolation. Many self-reliant older people are at risk, particularly if they turn down their heating to save money or become trapped indoors due to bad weather and icy road conditions.
Stats released by the Office for National Statistics reveal that every year, over the last five years, an average of 520 vulnerable people die from cold weather related deaths in Dorset
How Your Donation Will Help
We urgently need you to make a donation to provide warmth and comfort for vulnerable older people in our community. People over 60 in fuel poverty can apply for support. From this year we have also lowered the age range local residents over 50 who meet the winter fuel poverty criteria, have significant health conditions, are on the highest level of benefits and have little current chance of improving life circumstances.
The Foundation is working together with the local Citizens Advice Bureaus to disperse donations raised to older people in need across Dorset. If you need support, grants of up to £200 are available through your local Citizens Advice Bureau. Alternatively, please ring 01929 775500.
As of this year (2017) we are also working with the Centre for Sustainable Energy who distribute winter fuel grants (up to £200) and also give advice and carry out home insulations. To contact them, please ring 0300 003 7023 or email email@example.com .
Donate to Support a Local Older Person in Need this Winter
Below are the ways you can make a difference:
Cheque or bankers draft to: The Surviving Winter Appeal, Dorset Community Foundation, The Spire, High Street, Poole, BH15 1DF
(all cheques need to be made out to the Dorset Community Foundation)
Alternatively, you can donate online through the button on the right-hand side of this page.
You can also donate via BACS Transfer: Charities Aid Foundation Bank, Sort Code: 40-52-40, Account Number:00083897 ( Please use reference – SW)
If you need any help donating, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01202 670815.
How it All Started
The Surviving Winter campaign started in 2011 as a vehicle to recycle Winter Fuel Payments that people had received but didn’t feel that they needed. The Appeal quickly expanded to take in donations from people of all ages, and of all amounts, which are directed to the local groups supporting vulnerable people in winter. Donations pay for everything from individual grants for fuel bills and hot water bottles to boiler repairs.
The Surviving Winter Appeal is country wide initiative run by community foundations like ourselves in each county. Since the launch in 2011 a total of £4.7 million raised helping 65,000 older people.
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