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Surviving Winter reaches Parliament

We brought Surviving Winter to Parliament on Monday with a hugely successful event at the House of Commons. Several Members of Parliament and Lords, along with Steven Hammersley, CEO of The Community Foundations Network and Dr Ros Altmann, director general of Saga Magazine, helped raise awareness of how people are coming together to help older people stay warm in the cold winter months.  Slam Poet Steven Larkin performed an inspiring (and humorous) poem encouraging elderly people to be active and stay connected in their community.

In his speech to open the event, Steven Hammersley paid tribute to the connection between Community Foundations and their donors, “[The Surviving Winter campaign] came about because generous pensioners approached Somerset Community Foundation and asked if they could ‘recycle’ their winter fuel payment to those who need it more –we then decided to make it a national event and last year helped over 20,000 people living in fuel poverty.”

He went on to illustrate the many ways in which Surviving Winter grants across the UK have helped elderly people in the winter months, “Surviving Winter helps people by providing hot meals, help with bills, new windows, new boilers, blankets and heating pads. It’s those simple yet crucial things which can stop someone having to make the choice between food or fuel.”

This year in London, LCF is working with 11 local charities and community groups, to deliver practical help to people who struggle most in the colder months. Your donation will help create small grants to aid them in their work, help cover fuel bills and buy winter clothes and blankets.

There is a simple way you can bring a little warmth to someone’s winter. We are encouraging people who can to donate their Winter Fuel Payments so we can support older people in desperate need. But anyone can donate any amount to the Surviving Winter 2012-13 campaign. You can use the pledge form to send a cheque by post or donate online at

Thanks to a generous donation from Deutsche Bank that covers processing costs, 100% of your donation and Gift Aid will go straight to the people and projects on the ground. And watch this space –we’ll be sharing stories of how your gift has made someone’s life a little warmer this winter.

Published on 07 December 2012

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