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Donate to Surviving Winter Appeal

10 December 2012

The Scottish Community Foundation is taking part in the UK- wide Surviving Winter Appeal. Surviving Winter is a Community Foundation Network Campaign, supported by SAGA.

With rising fuel bills and another cold winter coming, older and vulnerable people are at risk. 5.4 million households are living in fuel poverty and almost half of those are aged over 60. Each year in the UK around 20,000 more people aged 65 or over die in winter months than in other months. Last winter there were an estimated 25,400 excess winter deaths.

For every winter-related death there will be dozens of people suffering illness and hardship, isolation, depression and having to choose between eating and heating.

Of the Surviving Winter Appeal Stephen Fry said:
“The Surviving Winter appeal is a simple yet brilliant idea. Millions of vulnerable and older people struggle with fuel poverty, and with the weather getting colder and energy prices on the rise, they are more at risk than ever. It makes so much sense that those who can help, donate to the appeal. I support it wholeheartedly, as the community foundations make sure that any donations reach those in need very quickly.”

The appeal is inspired by individuals who wanted to recycle their Winter Fuel payment to support those less fortunate than themselves.

To learn more or donate to the Surviving Winter Scotland appeal, please click here or send a cheque payable to ‘Scottish Community Foundation’ together with a completed Gift Aid Declaration form (download here) if applicable, to Scottish Community Foundation, Surviving Winter, 22 Calton Road, Edinburgh EH8 8DP.

Donations collected, will be used to make grants to community-based organisations providing services and support to vulnerable elderly people and initiatives helping individuals affected by fuel poverty.

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