Local charity Dorset Community Foundation’s Surviving Winter Appeal launch to help local older people in fuel poverty. Donations raised by the charity will be paid as winter fuel grants to older people over 60 struggling to make ends meet because of the cold weather.
The Appeal, in its seventh year, started because shockingly-high numbers of older vulnerable people were dying during winter months. The latest stats from the Office for National Statistics reveal that, during the winter of 2014/15, 920 vulnerable people died in Dorset. Due to rising fuel costs and social isolation among the elderly, more local older people cannot afford to adequately heat their homes, risking their health and in some cases – even their lives.
Last year, the appeal raised nearly £25,000 helping 91 local households.
To donate your winter fuel allowance, send a cheque, payable to ‘Dorset Community Foundation’, to: DCF, The Spire, High Street, Poole, BH15 1DF, or online at www.dorsetcommunityfoundation.org and those between midday, November 28, and midday on December 5, will be doubled.
Surviving winter grants of up to £200 are available through Citizens Advice Bureaux across Dorset. Contact your nearest branch or ring 01929 775500.