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Winter is a dangerous time for some of our older and vulnerable neighbours, with more than 13% of households in Devon living in fuel poverty compared to 10.5% in England overall. Fuel poverty causes serious health problems including heart attacks, strokes and pneumonia and last year alone over 1,000 older people died unnecessarily due to the cold.
Each year many are faced with the stark choice each week: fuel or food?
Devon Community Foundation is asking you to consider donating your Winter Fuel Payment, or whatever you can, to those who desperately need extra support during the winter. Donations will help to support those most in need of help, making sure they can afford to stay warm, eat well, remain mobile, as well as helping them in practical ways such as ensuring they can make doctor's appointments, get to the shops and maintain an active social life and stay healthy throughout the winter.
If you feel you could afford to forego your Winter Fuel Payment to the Surviving Winter Appeal, or would like to help in any way, please do and help those who may be left out in the cold this winter.
You can also donate by Post - Send a cheque made out to Devon Community Foundation to: Surviving Winter, Devon Community Foundation, The Factory, Leat Street, Tiverton, EX16 5LL
"The cold winter months are an extremely dangerous time for older people, especially those who live alone. We help by providing a warm safe environment and a hot two-course nutritious meal and signpost the more vulnerable older people to services helping with their fears about heating costs." - Young At Heart Club received £2,000 last winter
*Figures from Office of National Statistics