Five ways to stay healthy over winter

Stephen Fry said:

“The Surviving Winter appeal is a simple yet brilliant idea. Millions of vulnerable and older people struggle with fuel poverty, and with the weather getting colder and energy prices on the rise, they are more at risk than ever. It makes so much sense that those who can help, donate to the appeal. I support it wholeheartedly, as the community foundations make sure that any donations reach those in need very quickly.”


About Surviving Winter 2016



Surviving Winter was a campaign run by the Community Foundation Network (CFN) and partnered by Saga that, through local Community Foundations, matches donations from individuals who wish to gift their Winter Fuel Payment or other funds to elderly and vulnerable people who are at risk during winter because of fuel poverty, social isolation or ill health. The money donated could fund a Meals on Wheels initiative or help an older person pay their energy bills.

Winter is a dangerous time for the UK's older people. National Energy Action (NEA) estimates that there are 7 million households living in fuel poverty, and around half of those include somebody over 60. Many are faced with the stark choice: fuel or food. Surviving Winter is about matching those vulnerable older people in need over the winter with those who can help, on a local level. In 2011, the Surviving Winter campaign helped over 20,000 older people survive the colder months and raised £2.5million. We want to help even more this year.

In November, Winter Fuel Payments are paid out across the country. Yet we know that thousands of recipients feel they don’t really need this benefit. Meanwhile millions of older people struggle to survive winter, whether faced by fuel poverty, health problems such as bronchitis or social isolation as it gets harder to get out and about.

This campaign is now closed


Five ways to stay healthy over winter

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