The juxtaposition of the beautiful backdrop of award-winning beaches, Old Harry Rocks – a UNESCO World Heritage site and the slippers illustrates how Dorset is a county of contrasts and whilst many older people move down here to retire and enjoy the beautiful scenery, others suffer in isolation during the colder months.
Jon Yates, Chief Executive of the Foundation explained: ‘We hope that our photo opportunity illustrates both the scale of the issue but also more tellingly that each of those people were individuals who for whatever reasons found themselves in fuel poverty. Moreover, it highlights the importance of our Surviving Winter Appeal which re-launches today – local people donating their winter fuel allowance, as long as they do not need it themselves, can save lives.’
The Surviving Winter Appeal originally launched by Dorset Community Foundation over seven years ago has helped thousands of local older people in fuel poverty. To make a donation to the Appeal:
– Donate online by clicking on this link
– Send a cheque to Dorset Community Foundation, The Spire, High Street, Poole, BH15 1DF, (all cheques need to be made out to the Dorset Community Foundation)