More celebrity endorsement for Surviving Winter!
As the threat of an arctic blast looms large over Somerset, Val Stones of Great British Bake Off fame throws her support behind 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.
The Great British Bake Off star said, “My husband, Ian, and I have been very lucky in that our pensions allow us to have a decent quality of life, but we know this isn’t the case for everyone. We are very happy to give our winter fuel payment to Surviving Winter because we know it will be used for good.”
Somerset Community Foundation has raised over £80,000 since launching the campaign in November, they still need a further £20,000 to help 500 vulnerable older people this winter. Surviving Winter grants are used to purchase fuel tanks, heating oil, blankets and other essential supplies to help older people living in fuel poverty keep their homes warm. Grants are delivered by a handful of key charity partners such as Age UK Somerset and the Village Agents of Community Council for Somerset. Delivery partners also support grant recipients by connecting them to other services in the community, giving advice on housing and enquiring about their general safety and well-being.
The percentage of households living in fuel poverty in Somerset is 16% higher than the national average and over 2.5 times higher in some areas. (Somerset Intelligence) Each year, on average, there are 340 winter-related deaths in Somerset.Don’t need it? Donate it! To donate your Winter Fuel Payment, please click here.