Surviving Winter Campaign

With winter approaching we need your help now to end needless winter deaths

Statistics show that that up to 400 people in Wiltshire and Swindon die each year simply because they cannot afford to heat their homes. The majority of people who suffer premature winter-related death are over 65 and 75% of these deaths are due to the impact the cold has on respiratory and circulatory conditions.

Across the county over 30,000 people are living in fuel poverty, suffering illness, extreme hardship and isolation and facing the harsh reality of choosing between eating and heating.

This is a choice that no one should be forced to make and together we can change this.

Last year, our Surviving Winter campaign helped 257 households stay warm and healthy. Working with partner organisations Age UK and Warm and Safe Wiltshire we will again be providing grants of £300 to the most vulnerable people suffering fuel poverty in our communities.

This year the need is even greater. Weather experts are already predicating this winter will be the coldest we have experienced in years and with energy prices being at their highest level ever we expect more people will find themselves at a financial breaking point.

If you can afford to live comfortably this winter, please consider helping someone from your community who can’t. If you receive the Government’s Winter Fuel Payment and do not really need it, please consider making a donation for the equivalent amount or part of it. If you are not in receipt of the allowance you can still donate to the campaign.

Your support will make a real difference to a vulnerable person suffering fuel poverty in your local community.

Thank you