We are delighted to be part of Surviving Winter again this year. As part of a national appeal being run by Community Foundations across the UK, we are inviting those who feel they can afford to go without their Winter Fuel Payment to donate it to older people in greater need this winter. We also welcome donations from younger donors who do not yet qualify for this benefit!
Winter is a dangerous time for vulnerable individuals; last year over 31,000 older people in the UK died from largely preventable conditions worsened by the cold weather, a 29% increase on 2011-12. As fuel prices continue to rise, even more people are set to suffer from a cold winter.
We would greatly appreciate your donation to the London wide Surviving Winter appeal. Donate online now by clicking this button:
Alternatively, please make cheques payable to The London Community Foundation with 'Surviving Winter' written on the back. Please send it back to us with this form to claim Gift Aid.
Our Surviving Winter campaign 2012 - 2013 raised over £71,000. We awarded grants to over 100 individuals and supported 10 older people's groups across London. These groups provide care and companionship year round, working to help older people combat ill-health, loneliness and isolation.
We were able to help people like 64 year old Anne, who suffers from cerebal palsy and looks after her elderly mother. Anne often struggles to keep her budget balanced and barely used her oven and central heating to avoid high fuel bills. We gave Anne £400 towards her fuel bills and new clothes.
Thanks to a generous donation from Deutsche Bank, we did not take a penny from donations for The London Community Foundation's administrative costs, and 100% of donations and Gift Aid went straight to the people and projects on the ground.
Last year's campaign also saw the national Surviving Winter campaign win the Best Not-For-Profit Campaign of the Year Award at the Hedgehog PR awards. And we were thrilled to recieve the support of Dame Helen Mirren for the second year running.
"This is a way for people to support some of the most isolated members of any community, at a time when they are most in need. This appeal will help older and vulnerable people affected by fuel poverty this winter."
"You really are helping people who need help. To someone who never stops thinking about money and budgeting, it makes such a difference. They worry - should I heat my house or put food on my table? For many people, receiving a grant really is lifesaving."
- Eleni Joannou, community manager at Holloway Neighbourhood Group