THE latest ‘Surviving Winter’ appeal has smashed its target, raising a record-breaking £160,000 thanks to the generosity of local donors.
The annual appeal, run by the Somerset Community Foundation (SCF), encourages those who can afford it to donate some or all of their Winter Fuel Payment.
These donations provide funding and support to older and vulnerable people across Somerset who this year, due to the need to stay at home during the coronavirus outbreak, are finding themselves cut off from family and friends, and facing higher than usual costs to heat their homes.
The Surviving Winter team at SCF, and their partners, have been distributing funding across the county and aim to support more than 700 people this year.
SCF’s Development Director, Laura Blake, said: “We’ve been absolutely blown away by the support we’ve received for this year’s Surviving Winter appeal – particularly as so many older people have been going through challenging times in light of the coronavirus restrictions in the last year.
“We’re hugely grateful to each and every person who has donated – and particularly those who donate year after year. Without your support, we know lots of older people in Somerset would be suffering in silence and feeling more isolated than usual during the cold winter months.”
“SCF would especially like to thank TelePA who generously offered their services free-of-charge to the charitable campaign for the second year in a row. The team-of-two telephone answering service, based in Wells, took dozens of pledges from Somerset residents wishing to donate to the Surviving Winter 2020/21 appeal.”
Since it launched in Somerset in 2010 the appeal has raised a total of £950,000 in total for the county.
For information on how to apply for a Surviving Winter grant, contact either Community Council for Somerset on 01823 331222 or visit: www.somersetcf.org.uk/winter
To donate some or all of your Winter Fuel Payment, or to make a donation of any size to the Surviving Winter appeal, also visit www.somersetcf.org.uk/winter to donate online.
To send a cheque, make it payable to Somerset Community Foundation (writing SW on the reverse), and send it to Yeoman House, Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet, BA4 6QN.
Donation and Gift Aid forms are also available to download on the SCF website. To make a donation over the phone call 01749 344949.