We launch our Surviving Winter appeal to help save lives this winter

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This month 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 make any contribution they can, 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. Sadly in our area there were 870 excess winter deaths in 2014-15, mostly people aged 65+.

The Surviving Winter support Mrs E was given last year towards her energy bill meant she could “put the heating on for longer” which made such a difference to her.

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.

Every contribution, however big or small, matters. Since 2011 your efforts have helped an amazing 11,000 local elderly and vulnerable people in need get through these cold, lonely winter months. We all know that many elderly people would rather suffer in silence than ask for help so we work with local organisations whose front-line staff can reach elderly people in need.  Since 2011 66 different grants totalling £162,000 have gone to local organisations. Together, they all add up to a lot of change for the better for local elderly people. Thank you for your generosity.

When it’s cold outside you can help an elderly local person.

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“My bones hurt when it gets cold, and I need to keep warm” says Mrs E, pictured right, who suffers from Osteoporosis and Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Mrs E lives on her own since her husband passed away and survives on salads as it’s “too expensive to put on the oven just for one.”  The support from the Surviving Winter grant meant she could afford to cook hot, nutritious meals.

Where your money goes

Last year donations benefitted older and vulnerable people in many ways including:

Groups funded last year included a local branch of Age UK, Knightstone and Vision North Somerset.

Thank you for your support. 

If you would like to donate to the Surviving Winter click here or complete and send back the form below.