Thousands of excess winter deaths are caused by cold weather every year. Over the last five winters, the number of deaths due to living in a cold home is estimated at approximately 10,000 per year.
As well as this, many thousands of people live with the effects of fuel poverty and sadly have to choose between putting the heating on or having enough to eat.
The situation this winter has been exacerbated by the pandemic. Many more people are finding themselves in economic hardship, unable to cope with living costs, while fuel bills go up as people spend more time indoors. On top of this, lockdown intensifies loneliness and isolation for many people at their most vulnerable.
Community foundations across the UK have launched winter appeals to support the people who will be affected by fuel poverty this year.
By donating to your local community foundation, you will be supporting charities and voluntary organisations to provide warm meals, emergency warmer packs, food parcels, grants to pay bills, regular welfare checks, and many more services.
Find out more from the community foundations running appeals below: