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The fuel poverty campaign Surviving Winter has received a welcome boost from celebrities including Dame Helen Mirren, Sir Michael Parkinson and Sir Terry Wogan. The appeal, run by UK Community Foundations (UKCF), and by community foundations across the UK, raises funds for older and vulnerable people, helping them stay warm and well in the colder months. 

Surviving Winter exists to help those living in fuel poverty – estimated by the Department for Energy & Climate Change (DECC) to be around 2.28m in England alone. It relies wholly on donations, many of which are unwanted Winter Fuel Payments.

Dame Helen Mirren said:"It's hard to think of the millions of people struggling to keep even one room warm as the cold weather sets in. Surviving Winter is a simple yet effective campaign which helps many people in fuel poverty - 23,000 last year - and provides everything from hot water bottles to hot dinners and help with fuel bills. I know that any donation goes straight to those in need, no matter what size or amount. If you are worried about the elderly and the vulnerable this winter, and can afford to donate, please visit www.Hantscf.org.uk.”
Sir Michael Parkinson said: “I fully support the “Surviving Winter Campaign” to assist the elderly and the vulnerable to keep warm and healthy during our cold winters.  If you are in a position to do so please help by donating all or part of your winter fuel payment to this very worthwhile cause.”

HIWCF Chief Executive, Toni Shaw said: “We are so grateful for the support lent to Surviving Winter by Dame Helen Mirren, Sir Michael Parkinson and so many others. Surviving Winter works well because it’s simple, quick and practical. However, donations in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight currently only total £3,561, considerably lower than our Somerset and Dorset Neighbours who have raised £60k and £21k respectively. Hampshire is perceived as a wealthy County and we call on all those who truly don’t need their Winter Fuel Allowance, to donate it to the Surviving Winter Campaign. Every penny received is spent on a person in fuel poverty.”
Donations can be made directly to the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation by cheque online via The Big Give https://secure.thebiggive.org.uk/charity/view/5629  or text HEAT15 £5 to 70070


About Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation 

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation is part of a national network of Foundations who support the smaller charitable and voluntary organisations in their local community.  

Local groups can take a look at the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation website to see if they might qualify for a grant www.hantscf.org.uk or email HIWCF at grantsadmin@hantscf.org.uk

About UKCF
•    UKCF is the membership organisation for community foundations that work across the UK to raise then distribute money directly to local causes.  Community foundations operate to ensure any form of philanthropy, whether from an individual or an organisation, is effective and brings greatest benefit to those in need in our local communities.  Last year, community foundations made over 20,000 grants, distributing over £65 million to local causes. 
•    We represent 48 quality accredited community foundation members. Our Quality Accreditation process is endorsed by the Charity Commission and uses standards consistent with the Charity Commission's Hallmarks of an Effective Charity, with robust, transparent and fair assessment processes. Achieving Quality Accreditation demonstrates that community foundations are serious about quality and accountability. 
the four years Surviving Winter has been running a total of £5.2 million has been raised so far, and 70,000 people helped. Central donations can be made to www.survivingwinter.org.uk, or, to donate to specifically help people in your local community, find your nearest community foundation: ukcommunityfoundations.org/community_foundations/map.
About Surviving Winter
•    Surviving Winter began in 2010, and has run as a UK-wide campaign since 2011.
•    Celebrities supporting the campaign include Dame Helen Mirren, Sir Michael Parkinson, Sir Terry Wogan, Anne Widdecombe and Bernard Cribbins.
•    The definition of fuel poverty in England changed last year. The government now defines a family in fuel poverty as one which  a) has fuel costs which are above average, and b) if paying those bills would push it over the poverty line.
•    Under this definition, using DECC statistics, 2.28m people in England are in fuel poverty. Sticking to the old definition – still used elsewhere in the UK – figures produced by the campaign group Energy Bill Revolution indicate it could be closer to 4.82m.

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