Campaign aims to protect the vulnerable against the cold this winter

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A CAMPAIGN which aims to help elderly and vulnerable people affected by the cold winter has been launched by Community Foundations across the UK.

The Surviving Winter Appeal, launched on November 10, encourages those who can afford it, to donate their Winter Fuel Payment to support those for whom the Payment is not nearly enough. It aims to raise £1 million across the UK to support the elderly and vulnerable.

The Winter Fuel Payment is a universal state benefit made to everyone aged over 60 during November and December.

Councillor Jay Kramer, lead member for Community at Hastings Borough Council, said: “This is a great cause. The money raised by the Surviving Winter Appeal will be used to support local charities and community organisations which can reach the people most in need of help and make sure they can afford to stay warm, eat well and remain mobile.

“It will also help them in practical ways, for example ensuring they can make doctor’s appointments, get to the shops, and maintain an active social life.”

In the winter of 2008-9, it was estimated there were 36,700 excess winter deaths in England and Wales, an increase of 49 per cent over the previous year.

More information can be found at http://www.communityfoundations.org.uk/about/survivingwinter.