Michael Eavis Endorses Surviving Winter 2016/17!
Michael Eavis has joined the Mayor of Taunton and the Bishop of Bath and Wells in endorsing the 2016/17 Surviving Winter appeal managed by Somerset Community Foundation. Now in its seventh year, Surviving Winter asks pensioners who can live without their Winter Fuel Payment to donate it to help local older people struggling with the cost of staying warm and socially connected.
To date nearly £80,000 has been kindly donated by local pensioners, but Somerset Community Foundation still needs a further £20,000 to reach its target of helping 500 vulnerable older people this winter.
Nationally around 5% of pensioner households are “fuel poor”, which means that around 3,000 households in Somerset don’t have enough money to sufficiently heat their homes to stay warm and healthy all winter. The gap between what they need to spend and what they do spend on heating to stay warm enough is around £460. (Gov’t fuel poverty report 2015, Somerset Intelligence) A grant from the Surviving Winter campaign can make all the difference to an older person living alone, in a stone home that is difficult to keep warm.
Click here to donate online today!