Join our Surviving Winter appeal this winter to help save lives

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Join people like Helen Wilde, our Chair, who donated her Winter Fuel Payment to the appeal to help vulnerable and older people get through winter
Chinese elders will get help to cope with the rigours of winter thanks to the Surviving Winter Fund which awarded the Bristol and Avon Chinese Women’s Group a £2,000 grant for their Healthy Winter Project

Each year we launch our annual appeal to help save lives and spread some warmth by asking those who can afford it to donate their winter fuel payment, or other contribution, to our ‘Surviving Winter’ appeal.

As well as shorter, darker days, winter brings cold and damp weather which is fatal for too many elderly people.

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With help from people like you we can really make a difference to the lives of elderly people who have to make the terrible choice between putting the heating on or having a decent meal, as well as helping combat loneliness.

Mrs Robinson is on medication due to a health condition which causes her to feel the cold. The heating is normally on from morning until 9pm during the winter months and colder days, which is expensive. Mr and Mrs Robinson rarely go out during the winter months. The Surviving Winter Grant really helped as it reduced the financial strain and Mr and Mrs Robinson are very appreciative of the grant.

-Mr and Mrs Robinson aged 85 & 89 from Weston-Super-Mare received a Surviving Winter Grant of £150 

Every contribution, however big or small, matters. Since 2011 your efforts have helped thousands of local elderly and vulnerable people in need get through these cold, lonely winter months. We work with local organisations whose front-line staff can reach elderly people in need.

Since 2011 79 different grants totalling £185,000 have gone to local organisations. Together, they all add up to a lot of change for the better for local elderly people.

Where your money goes

Donations are helping older and vulnerable people in many ways including providing:

·         community transport over the winter months

·         grants that help people keep warm and eat well

·         hot water bottles, blankets and flasks and help with energy efficiency measures

Groups that benefited from the last appeal include SWAN Advice Network (towards the provision of Community Transport), West of England Rural Network, South Gloucestershire Citizens Advice Bureau and LiveWest Housing.

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Thank you for your support