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Surviving Winter

11 December 2013

Surviving Winter is a campaign that raises money to help older and vulnerable people stay warm and well. Winter is a dangerous time for Scotland’s most vulnerable people.

It is estimated that approximately 1 in 3 Scottish households are in fuel poverty. For those that simply can’t afford to heat their homes properly, the cold can exacerbate health problems such as asthma and heart conditions, and as fuel prices continue to rise more vulnerable people suffer. We also want to tackle the problem of isolation among older people during winter. Older people can become more cut off and struggle to leave the house in the colder months.

This the third year of the campaign which began as a vehicle for generous pensioners to ‘recycle’ their Winter Fuel payments and has now developed into a giving portal for anyone who wants to help support vulnerable people survive the winter. 

Foundation Scotland collects and distributes donations to local groups working on the ground to identify and support those in fuel poverty, including vulnerable older people, across the country. Donations are used in a number of ways, including providing warmth packs and blankets, boiler repairs, funding Meals on Wheels and lunch clubs, helping people pay their energy bills and better insulate their homes.

In the previous two years, thanks to the public’s generosity across the UK, Surviving Winter has raised over £3.3 million and helped over 40,000 people. This money enabled us to make awards to groups like Kincardine and Deeside Befriending in Aberdeenshire who used the money to carry out extra visits to isolated elderly folk unable to get out in bad weather and to help pay for measures to make their homes warmer where needed.

“I am looking forward to the first time in ages to a warm house and a comfortable new year – being able to keep warm will help my breathing difficulties. Thank you very very much.” - Surviving Winter beneficiary, Aberdeenshire

Donations can be made in two ways:
• Or by sending a cheque made payable to Foundation Scotland to Surviving Winter, Foundation Scotland, 22 Calton Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8DP
If sending a cheque and you are a UK taxpayer, please download, print and complete this Gift Aid declaration form  and send it with your cheque. This allows us to claim gift aid and increase the value of your donation by 25%.

Thank you for your help.

For more on the UK Surviving Winter appeal, visit

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