The Surviving Winter Appeal, an initiative which recycles unwanted winter fuel allowances to help local older people in need who are at risk because of the colder weather, fuel poverty and social isolation has raised just over £60K since re-launching in mid-November. The Appeal, which is in its seventh year, disperses donations to people over 60 years of age all across Dorset through the Citizens Advice Bureau network and also the Centre for Sustainable Energy.
Mr Aish, one of the generous donors to the Appeal explained: ‘In a fairly prosperous country such as the United Kingdom, I do not think that anyone should be in this position, so I have the pleasure to be donating to this worthwhile cause.’
Karen Gorsham, the Bishop of Sherborne has been supporting the Appeal over the last couple of years. She explained: ’Surviving Winter is a great initiative. It enables grants towards heating costs be made to the most needy in our community from donations made to the Dorset Community Foundation from those who have no real need for their fuel allowance. Whilst some of us enjoy plenty, there are those who experience fuel poverty during the winter months, particularly those in our rural areas where large sums are required to ensure an oil delivery. And you don’t need to be in receipt of a fuel allowance to give, anyone can donate to this worthwhile cause.’
If you are struggling with fuel poverty and you need help, please ring Citizens Advice Bureau network on 01929 775500 or the Centre for Sustainable Energy on 0300 003 7023.
The Appeal is running until the end of March. To donate, please send a cheque made out to Dorset Community Foundation to: Dorset Community Foundation, The Spire, High Street, Poole, BH15 1DF or to donate online please click here.