Bishop of Bath and Wells supports successful Surviving Winter campaign

December 18, 2018

Thanks to many generous supporters across Somerset, the annual Surviving Winter appeal – which aims to help keep isolated older people who are living in fuel poverty keep warm and better connected this winter – is already over halfway to reaching its target, but the campaign still has some way to go! Surviving Winter, which is run by Somerset Community Foundation (SCF), encourages pensioners who feel they don’t want or need their Winter Fuel Payment to donate some or all of it to the campaign. Vulnerable older people living in fuel poverty and social isolation in Somerset are given a Surviving Winter grant, helping to keep them warm and safe and easing the pressure of finding extra money to heat their home. They are also given information about local services and other support available to them, including community projects that can help to keep them socially engaged. SCF is also delighted to announce the latest ‘celebrity’ to support the campaign is The Rt Rev’d Peter Hancock, Bishop of Bath & Wells.

Bishop Peter, who is a Vice President of Somerset Community Foundation and Patron of Age UK, says: “Please think carefully about whether you need your Government Winter Fuel Payment this year. During the cold winter months many older people in Somerset are faced with a tough choice: fuel or food. A Surviving Winter Grant could prevent them having to decide between heating their home or being able to afford a decent meal. So please consider donating to this year’s Surviving Winter appeal if you can. Thank you so much.”

With the coldest months almost upon us, most people are starting to think about spending time getting cosy in front of the fire with their nearest and dearest. Please spare a thought for your older neighbours who may be forced to turn their attention to how they will heat their homes this winter. Help SCF reach their target of helping at least 500 struggling pensioner households to heat their homes, and stay healthy and socially connected to their communities this winter, by donating to Surviving Winter.

To donate some or all of your Winter Fuel Payment, or to make a donation of any size to the Surviving Winter appeal, please send a cheque made payable to Somerset Community Foundation (writing SW on the reverse), Yeoman House, Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet, BA4 6QN; or call 01749 344949; or you can donate online here

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