Dorset Community Foundation

The Surviving Winter Appeal

The Surviving Winter Appeal aims to tackle of the combined effects of fuel poverty and social isolation in Dorset, which puts many proud older people at risk particularly as they turn their heating down to save money, possibly becoming trapped indoors due to bad weather.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1122113)

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Championed by The Reed Foundation


  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing


  • Older PeopleOlder People


United Kingdom


VULNERABLE households in Dorset continue to struggle as government statistics reveal there were 730 excess winter deaths in Dorset during 2017/18. It is suggested this was partly caused by people living in cold and poorly insulated homes they can't afford to heat properly.


Our public appeal and corresponding fund supports older and vulnerable people in fuel poverty. Dorset Community Foundation encourages people in receipt of Winter Fuel Payment to consider re-cycling it and donating to help someone in need in Dorset. The grants enable older and vulnerable residents to switch on their heating and pay their fuel bills without worrying about the cost of fuel, which they might not be able to afford.

  • “I live alone am disabled due to accident and suffer lasting effects from cancer. My house is cold due to two old storage heaters. I have no money to improve my heating or lifestyle, the cold makes my disability worse. The grant will help me deal with the added costs of trying to keep warm

    — beneficiary