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 and half of those are over 60.

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

Chairman of Gloucestershire Community Foundation, Roger Head said:

“We all know that fuel bills are rising and as temperatures begin to plummet, something as basic as putting the heating on can save someone’s life. Too many elderly and vulnerable people are at risk of death this winter, with this campaign we’ll make sure they can afford to keep warm, eat well and stay mobile."

Since 2011, Gloucestershire Community Foundation has distributed £33,000 worth of Surviving Winter grants to help those who have to make the difficult decision between food or fuel.

What began as a vehicle for generous pensioners to ‘recycle’ their Winter Fuel payments, has now developed into a giving portal for anyone who wants to help this winter. Donations are used in a number of ways, including providing warmth packs and blankets, boiler repairs, funding Meals on Wheels and lunch clubs, supporting homeless shelters, providing winter food parcels, helping people pay their energy bills and better insulate their homes.The campaign is supported by Age UK and Citizens Advice Bureau and funds raised will be distributed to those most in need.

Please support the campaign and donate now here