Support for Surviving Winter from BBC Wiltshire and St Mary's Primary Marlborough

Pupils of St Mary's Primary School in Marlborough hosted a live broadcast with Graham Seaman of BBC Wiltshire Radio today.

The programme included an interview with our Head of Development, Fiona Oliver promoting the Surviving Winter Appeal.  The children asked some excellent questions about the effectiveness of the campaign which is now in its fifth year; providing much needed financial support for over 1,800 people across Wiltshire and Swindon so far.

Every winter over 300 people in Wiltshire and Swindon die from the cold or from cold-related illnesses and hundreds more struggle to survive simply because they cannot heat their homes.  Over 30,000 households in the county live in fuel poverty, suffering illness, hardship, isolation, depression and often faced with the harrowing choice of eating or heating.  This is a choice that no one should be forced to make and that is why the Surviving Winter Appeal is more important than ever.

The Surviving Winter appeal asks those who have received their winter fuel payment from the government and don't actually need it, to donate it to the appeal so that it can be redirected to people who are really struggling to stay warm this winter.  Every pound counts and will make a difference to a person suffering fuel poverty in our local community.