Surviving Winter Campaign

With winter now upon us and temperatures dropping we are asking for your support.

 

It is a shocking fact that 300 people in Wiltshire and Swindon die each year simply because they cannot afford to heat their homes.  The majority of people who suffer premature winter-related death are over 65 and 75% of these deaths are due to the impact the cold has on respiratory and circulatory conditions.

Across the county over 30,000 people are living in fuel poverty, spending more than 10% of their annual income on heating alone and facing the harsh reality of choosing between eating and heating. 

But together we can change this. Last year, we helped 257 individuals and families stay warm and healthy.  Working with partner organisations across Wiltshire and Swindon such as Age UK, Aster Living, the Credit Unions and Citizen Advice, we provided support to the most vulnerable people suffering fuel poverty in our communities.

By supporting our Surviving Winter campaign this year, you can help us do even more.  The need is greater than ever before so we have increased our grants from £200 to £300 per person.  We have also extended our offer of support to voluntary groups who are providing vital services to vulnerable people in our county who are living in fuel poverty.   

If you can afford to live comfortably this winter, please consider helping someone from your community who can’t.  If you receive the Government’s Winter Fuel Payment and do not really need it, please consider making a donation for the equivalent amount or part of it.  Your support will truly make a difference.