We are delighted that once again we have been asked to partner with Leicestershire & Rutland Community Foundation to benefit from their Surviving Winter campaign. The campaign focuses on raising money for those in fuel poverty and we will be able to distribute those funds directly to those in need.
With new figures launched today by the Office for National Statistics, showing that an estimated 43,900 excess winter deaths occurred in England and Wales in 2014/15, the highest number since 1999/00, and with 27% more people dying in the winter months compared with the non-winter months, the need for the campaign is greater than ever.
Surviving Winter began as a national campaign which asked people who didn’t need their winter fuel payment to donate it, or an amount of their choice, to vulnerable people.
This year the Leicestershire & Rutland Community Foundation is running its 6th Surviving Winter Campaign to encourage donations from across the city and counties to help those in need and suffering from fuel poverty. To date the campaign has raised over £86,000 for those most in need.
Every single pound donated to the Surviving Winter Appeal is reaching someone facing fuel poverty this winter. Both Charity Link and Age UK Leicestershire and Rutland are working to ensure that the people most in need of help can afford to stay warm.
For further information or to donate please visit www.llrcommunityfoundation.org.uk