Gloucestershire Community Foundation estimates that almost a fifth of households in the county will not have the money to pay their heating bills this winter, those most at risk are over 85. Respiratory issues are 80% of the listed causes of death as these are exacerbated by not having any heating, such an avoidable, sad and lonely death.

Alarming, as the latest stats from the Office of National Statistic's, shows "Excess Winter Deaths" in Gloucestershire are on the rise, to 300 people yearly. There are many assumptions that in a wealthy county such as ours these things aren't happening but they are, its just hidden, goes unnoticed.

This could be your relative, friend or neighbour....this is happening on our doorsteps

Gloucestershire Community Foundation distributes Surviving Winter grants to help those who have to make the difficult decision between food or fuel, no one should gave to decide between eating or heating, these are basic human needs.

What began as a vehicle for generous pensioners to ‘recycle’ their Winter Fuel payments, we say if you do not need your winter fuel payment pass it on....but this has also now developed into a giving portal for anyone who wants to help this winter.

The annual Surviving Winter campaign urges companies and individuals to support elderly and vulnerable people in Gloucestershire by making a simple donation.

We have been given a very generous donation by John Lewis of £5000 of match funding so if we can raise £5,000 this will turn into £10,000. This is our starting target, so we really hope to smash this, as we already have many people on our waiting list who desperately need help this winter.

Do Not Overlook a Life, Save a Life

Please Donate Now

Thank you so much from all at GCF and all of our recipients

If you would rather send in your Surviving Winter donation please fill in and send back this donation form