Surviving Winter appeal launched by Community Foundations
To donate to the Surviving Winter campaign, click here. To donate to your local Community Foundation, scroll down to view the list of participating Community Foundations and to visit their donation pages.
The UK has one of the highest increases in winter-related deaths amongst the elderly in Europe. Each winter one older person dies every seven minutes from the cold. It’s with the help of Community Foundations up and down the country that pensioners and those in need are being helped by the Surviving Winter campaign.
Last year, 59 year old Jane had recently separated from her husband after 30 years of marriage. Jane wasn’t used to supporting herself independently and fell on hard times. She had no money for food or bills. Jane eventually managed to find a job as a receptionist but had to wait a few weeks before being paid and was at rock bottom. Because she was earning nothing she went to the food bank for help and although they did help a few times, there was a limit to the number of times she was entitled to food from there. She’s also diabetic, and without food, she was struggling to manage the condition. She approached the Leicestershire and Rutland Community Foundation and they assisted immediately by providing her with food vouchers and money for her electricity bill. This helped tide her over until her first pay check.
90 year old Norman from Chippenham benefited from a grant last year. He lives alone and has a serious heart condition. He said that the money he received from the Surviving Winter appeal ‘has taken a lot of worry from me. My electricity bills are so high as I feel the cold so much and have to keep the house warm. Your grant has helped me feel comfortable’.
Fabian French, CEO of UK Community Foundations urged people to use Giving Tuesday to think about helping older people in their community by ensuring they can heat their homes this winter. ‘Since 2011, we have raised over £5million and helped over 80,000 people survive winter. Community Foundations are one of the few organisations that help with responsive, crisis payments, when people really have nowhere else to turn and are desperate for help.’
Donations are used in a number of ways, including: providing warmth packs and blankets, boiler repairs, funding Meals on Wheels and lunch clubs, supporting homeless shelters, providing winter food parcels, helping people pay their energy bills and better insulate their homes.
The campaign originally began as a vehicle for generous pensioners to ‘recycle’ their Winter Fuel payments and has now developed into a giving portal for anyone who wants to help support vulnerable people live well during the winter. Areas that are running the Surviving Winter campaign this year include Northamptonshire, Somerset, Berkshire and Hertfordshire.
Giving Tuesday follows on from Black Friday and Cyber Monday where the focus is on shopping, especially in the run-up to the festive season. Giving Tuesday is about ‘doing good stuff’ for charity.
UK Community foundations is urging support for the elderly to keep them warm this winter.
To donate to the Surviving Winter campaign, click here https://mydonate.bt.com/donation/donate.html?charity=survivingwinter
Notes to editors:
15 Community Foundations are running Surviving Winter appeals this year. Donations can either be made nationally which will get equally divided between Community Foundations that are participating; or made directly to a Community Foundation.
Hampshire and Isle of Wight: https://secure.thebiggive.org.uk/donation/to/5629/hampshire-and-isle-of-wight-community-foundation
Leicestershire and Rutland: https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/llrcf/survivingwinter2016.
Heart of England: https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/survivingwinterappeal
Milton Keynes: https://localgiving.org/charity/mkcomfoundation/
Yorkshire and Humber (Two Ridings): https://mydonate.bt.com/events/survivingwinter16-17
Press enquiries: Kiran Ramchandani, Head of External Affairs, UK Community Foundations. 020 7841 4375, email@example.com