Glastonbury Festival’s Organiser Michael Eavis Endorses Surviving Winter
Michael Eavis CBE has joined the Bishop of Bath and Wells, celebrated potter John Leach and West Countryman Les Davies MBE, FRGS in endorsing the 2017/18 Surviving Winter appeal. Now in its eighth year, the Surviving Winter appeal, which is managed by Somerset Community Foundation, asks pensioners who can live without their Winter Fuel Payment to donate it to help local older people who are struggling to stay socially connected and warm this winter.
Michael Eavis says: “I’m very happy to be able to donate my fuel allowance to Somerset Community Foundation again this year. They do a fantastic job helping residents keep warm through the cold winter months.”
To date, over £90,000 has been kindly donated – but Somerset Community Foundation still needs a further £10,000 to reach its target of raising £100,000 to help 500 vulnerable older people this winter.
The latest government figures suggest over 600,000 pensioner households in England live in fuel poverty [Source: National Statistics Fuel poverty trends: 2003-2014, published 30 June 2016]. A grant from Surviving Winter can make all the difference to an older person living in a home that is difficult to keep warm and could be used to help pay heating bills, buy warm blankets and clothing, and purchase additional logs for the fire.
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.
Gift Aid forms are available to download here.