Helping older people in Norfolk stay warm and safe

Surviving Winter

Age UK Norfolk has enjoyed working in partnership with the Norfolk Community Foundation to administer the Surviving Winter Appeal. We are doing so again this year.

The idea is that those who receive, but do not depend upon, the Government Winter Fuel Payment might prefer to give some or all of it to someone who needs it more than they do. Even if you don’t receive a Winter Fuel Payment you can still make a donation of any size.

Since the appeal began in 2011, up to the end of August 2017 1310 grants totalling £217,357.15 have been given to support older people who are in need of help with their energy bills or to keep warm during the colder months.

Helping older people living in fuel poverty

Heat or eat is a reality for many older people. Simply keeping warm in the colder weather can be a challenge for many vulnerable older people due to poverty and inadequate housing, leading to preventable health issues. Many older people dread the cold weather and will have to choose between heating their home and eating a meal. 

  • Each winter one older person dies every 7 minutes from the cold weather
  • Over a third of older people say they live mainly in one room to save money
  • 1.7 million older people can’t afford to heat their homes.

Key messages to keep warm and protect your health are:

  • Keep your living room temperature at 70⁰F (21⁰C)
  • Keep your bedroom at 65⁰F (18⁰C)
  • Keep your bedroom window closed at night when the weather is cold
  • Make sure you wrap up well when going out in the cold.

Donate to the Surviving Winter Appeal

Online
At www.norfolkfoundation.com/surviving-winter-2017-18/

By Text:
Donate by text from any UK network via JustTextGiving:
Simply send a text message to 70070 including the campaign code NFCF11 followed by the amount £2, £5 or £10 (max).

By Post
Please make cheques payable to the Norfolk Community Foundation and post to: ‘Surviving Winter Appeal’, Norfolk Community Foundation, St James Mill, Whitefriars, Norwich, NR3 1TN

At Barclays Bank
You can donate at Barclays Bank using the following details:
Reference: Surviving Winter Appeal
Sort Code: 20-62-53
Bank Account Number: 03282503

For many local older people, your donation to the Surviving Winter Appeal is vital in helping them stay warm and healthy this winter.

Receiving Support from the Surviving Winter Appeal

To apply for a Surviving Winter grant, please contact Age UK Norfolk on 0300 500 1217.

Download our Surviving Winter leaflet (PDF)