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Spread The Warmth: Winter Fuel Payment

Published on 02 February 2024 09:57 AM

Not Spent Your Winter Fuel Payment? Spread The Warmth by Donating It

Age UK Isle of Wight encourages everyone to make 2024 a year of doing something amazing and giving back to those in need. The local independent charity is calling on island residents who haven’t yet needed to use their Winter Fuel Payment to consider donating it, or some of it, to help them support the most isolated and lonely older people on the island.

The annual, tax-free payment is automatically received by individuals born before 25th September 1957, regardless of their financial circumstances. Instead of letting it go unused, why not make a difference by donating it to a local independent charity that can use it to provide essential services to those in need this winter?

As the Winter season is in full swing, Age UK Isle of Wight have launched their Spread The Warmth campaign to recognise the importance of ensuring that older people in our community have the necessary resources to stay warm and well. By donating your winter fuel payment, individuals can make a significant difference in Age UK Isle of Wight’s ability to provide services to older residents on the Isle of Wight.

The funds raised through these donations will be utilised to provide essential support services to older people on the Isle of Wight. From ensuring access to warm clothing to facilitating social activities and companionship, Age UK Isle of Wight aims to help older individuals live well and stay connected during the winter months.

"We understand that not everyone requires their winter fuel payment immediately, and we encourage those who are in the fortunate position to do so, to consider donating it to support our most vulnerable older residents," said Maria Bunce, Chief Officer at Age UK Isle of Wight. "By spreading your warmth, you can make a real difference in the lives of those who may be feeling isolated and alone during this challenging time of year."

Other ways you can support this campaign include getting involved in the Wrap Up and Walk fundraising challenge, keeping an eye out in local shops for Winter Warmers, including hats and scarves that have all been knitted for Age UK Isle of Wight by volunteers,

Donate to the appeal by the button in the top right hand corner of your screen, calling on (01983) 525282 or donating £3, £5 or £10 by texting AGE3, AGE5, or AGE10 to 70711 (network charges may apply).

The Spread The Warmth campaign by Age UK Isle of Wight will run until the end of March 2024. Find out more here.

“Let's make this year truly amazing by spreading warmth and supporting those in need.” - Age UK Isle of Wight.