Surviving Winter Campaign Launches in Berkshire
Surviving Winter is a UK-wide co-ordinated campaign to encourage people to make donations to help older and vulnerable people affected by fuel poverty this winter.
The campaign is inspired by people who want to recycle their Winter Fuel Payment to support older and vulnerable people.
Community foundations, supported by Saga Magazine, are launching an appeal to help thousands of vulnerable and older people affected by fuel poverty. The appeal formally launches on November 10.
Berkshire Community Foundation is co-ordinating the campaign in Berkshire. What we collect, thanks to the generosity of the British public, will be targeted directly to help those locally who struggle to stay safe through the winter.
With rising fuel bills and the prospect of another cold winter, older and vulnerable people are at risk. 5.4 million households are living in fuel poverty. Almost half of those living in fuel poverty are aged over 60.
Each year around 20,000 more people aged 65 or over die in winter months than in other months. Last winter there were an estimated 25,400 excess winter deaths.
Cold weather exascerbates coronary and respiratory illnesses, illnesses associated with older people. For every winter-related death there will be dozens of people suffering illness and hardship. The choice between eating and heating, isolation and depression are all factors.