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With rising fuel bills and the prospect of another cold winter, older and vulnerable people are at risk. 5.4 million households are living in fuel poverty, almost half of which are over age 60. Each year around 20,000 more people over the age of 65 die in winter months than in other months.

Cold weather exacerbates illnesses, particularly for older people, and last winter there were an estimated 25,400 excess winter deaths.

Donations to your local Surviving Winter fund will help to support those most in need of help, making sure they can afford to stay warm, eat well, and stay healthy throughout the winter.

Find and donate to a local Surviving Winter fund near you:

Bath, Bristol, North and East Somerset and South Gloucestershire
Berkshire
Birmingham and Black Country
Buckinghamshire
Calderdale (West Yorkshire)
Cambridgeshire
Cornwall
Coventry and Warwickshire
Devon
Dorset
Hampshire and Isle of Wight
Lancashire
Leeds
Merseyside
Milton Keynes
Norfolk
Northamptonshire
Notthinghamshire
Oxfordshire
Somerset
South Yorkshire
Staffordshire
Suffolk
Surrey
Sussex

Surviving Winter is a UK-wide campaign that encourages individuals to make donations to help older and vulnerable people affected by the cold.

The campaign is inspired by individuals who want to recycle their Winter Fuel Payments to support those less fortunate than themselves.

Community Foundations across the UK are co-ordinators of the campaign. Donations collected, thanks to the generosity of the British public, will be directly targeted to help those locally who struggle to get through the winter.

All donations will be managed by local Community Foundations, registered charities and partners of Localgiving.com.



Staying warm and healthy in the cold winter is something most of us take for granted. However, when the idea of those more fortunate “handing on” their winter fuel payments to local, vulnerable people was presented, I wanted to pledge my payment to the “Surviving Winter Appeal”. It would be great to think that all those people who are in a position to forego part or all of their own winter fuel payment could join this great scheme and spread a little warmth.


Sir David Jason

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