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 £5.5 million and helped over 80,000 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.