Dorset Community Foundation

Surviving Winter Appeal

The Surviving Winter Appeal raises donations for local older people suffering during the winter months because of fuel poverty and social isolation. Every winter, here in Dorset, an average of 300-400 people die. Shockingly, this number went up to 920 during the winter of 2014/15!

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 28 November 2017 to 12:00 PM, 5 December 2017

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1122113)

Check mark Match funded

Amount raised

£30,002

Donations

104

  • It sometimes felt like being sat in a prison because you are stuck in one room to keep warm. The Appeal enabled me to put my heating on and gave me the freedom to sleep in my own bed as opposed t the satee.

    — Mrs Lyle

  • Thank you so much for the grant. It has made such a difference. I now have warm water and have been able to heat my main room. My heath has also improved.

    — Mrs S

  • My house is old, cold & damp. In winter I live in one room to try and keep warm.With your help I have been able to heat that during during my illness.

    — Mr Y

  • It sometimes felt like being sat in a prison because you are stuck in one room to keep warm. The Appeal enabled me to put my heating on and gave me the freedom to sleep in my own bed as opposed t the satee.

    — Mrs Lyle

  • Thank you so much for the grant. It has made such a difference. I now have warm water and have been able to heat my main room. My heath has also improved.

    — Mrs S

  • My house is old, cold & damp. In winter I live in one room to try and keep warm.With your help I have been able to heat that during during my illness.

    — Mr Y

Situation

We are urging local people to recycle unwanted winter fuel allowances and help older people in need. Many self-reliant older people are at risk during the winter months, particularly if they turn down their heating to save money or become trapped indoors due to bad weather and icy road conditions. Locally the statistics of 300-400 older people are shocking and nationally these translate into an older person dying every 7 minutes!

Solution

We recycle winter fuel allowances ( a non means tested benefit) and by working with the local Citizens Advice Bureaus disperse them to people in need - here in Dorset! Feel free to support this cause if you feel passionate about it - we accept general donations as well.