Surviving Winter

Older people across Dorset need your help.

Unless we all respond quickly, this coming winter will be the silent killer of many vulnerable older people in our community.

Surviving Winter

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 last year there were 730 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. 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 branches across Dorset to disperse donations raised for older people in need across Dorset. If you need support please contact them on 01929 775500 or at

To read about the impact of the donations as part of last year’s Appeal, please click here

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)

We have also produced a  Surviving Winter Leaflet.

If you need any help donating, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01202 670815.

Valerie Singleton is a supporter of the Surviving Winter Appeal

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.

Gift Aid Your Donations

If you are a UK Tax Payer please download, fill in and send to us the Gift Aid Form below.

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