Successful Surviving Winter campaign needs your help

January 10, 2019

Somerset Community Foundation’s (SCF) award-winning Surviving Winter appeal is currently standing at £95,000 but still needs your help. The campaign, which is managed by Somerset Community Foundation, asks pensioners who feel they 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. Somerset Community Foundation aims to improve on last year’s impact and help over 500 older people in Somerset who live in fuel poverty – which can cause serious health problems including heart attacks, strokes and pneumonia. Can you help?

The excess winter deaths statistics are shocking: on average 440 older people die unnecessarily due to the cold in Somerset each year [Source: Somerset Intelligence]. A Surviving Winter grant this winter could help save lives.

West country legend Les Davies MBE, FRGS has joined Michael Eavis CBE, the Bishop of Bath and Wells and Master Baker Robert Burns MBE in endorsing this year’s Surviving Winter appeal.  Les, who trades as ‘West Countryman’, is President of the Mendip Society, Chairman of the Youth Environmental Awards Committee at the Royal Bath and West of England Society, a lifetime member of the Avon and Somerset Search and Rescue team, and Chairman of Mendip Ploughing Society was delighted to pledge his Winter Fuel Payment to the Surviving Winter appeal again this year. Les says: “It’s time to think about spreading a little warmth to help those who are vulnerable and in need. Can you help by sharing your Winter Fuel Payment with someone less fortunate, through the Surviving Winter campaign? Every little helps and goes to make someone else feel better this 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 at:

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