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Surviving Winter Appeal

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Each year the Surviving Winter campaign raises money to help older and vulnerable people stay warm and well in the UK’s coldest months. Since November 2011, we have successfully raised £5.2 million and helped over 70,000 people survive winter. 

It is estimated that every winter over 2 million households live in fuel poverty in England alone and as fuel prices continue to rise, more vulnerable people suffer. In the winter of 2013-14 there were around 18,200 excess winter deaths in those aged 65 or over in England and Wales.

Donations are used in a number of ways, including providing warmth packs and blankets, boiler repairs, funding Meals on Wheels and lunch clubs, supporting homeless shelters, providing winter food parcels, helping people pay their energy bills and better insulate their homes.

The campaign began as a vehicle for generous pensioners to ‘recycle’ their Winter Fuel payments and has now developed into a giving portal for anyone who wants to help support vulnerable people survive the winter. Community foundations have excellent local reach and distribute all donations to people in need. 

There are 38 community foundations across the UK taking part in Surviving Winter. You can donate to your local foundation (below) or centrally to UK Community Foundations. Money donated to the UK campaign will be distributed evenly to the foundations on a per capita basis, who will distribute the money to their local community. The foundations taking part are here:

Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation

Berkshire Community Foundation

Buckinghamshire Community Foundation




020 7713 9326

UK Community Foundations Registered office: 12 Angel Gate, 320-326 City Road, London, EC1V 2PT Company registration number 2651777, registered in England and Wales. Registered charity number 1004630

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