Help older and vulnerable people in Norfolk stay warm and safe this winter
Simply keeping warm in the colder weather can be a challenge for vulnerable and elderly people due to poverty and inadequate housing which can lead to health issues. ‘Heat Vs Eat’ is a reality for many elderly people. The Surviving Winter Appeal in Norfolk is led by NCF with its delivery partner, Age UK Norfolk to support the elderly and vulnerable during the winter months. The campaign runs throughout winter each year to help those in greatest need who are struggling to cope, despite their own best efforts. Launched with the idea that those who don’t need their fuel allowance might donate all or part of it to the appeal, the campaign has grown significantly and the wider general public have been inspired to contribute.
“A high proportion of individuals seek help to combine a grant from the fund with their Winter Fuel payment to meet the cost of heating oil, gas and electricity. We also receive requests for support for new heaters and warm clothing so the money raised through the appeal is essential in helping to keep some of Norfolk’s most vulnerable people safe over the cold months.” – Age UK Norfolk.
This year Norfolk Community Foundation are also working in partnership with Norwich Foodbank in a new pilot to extend winter fuel payments to people under the age of 60. For some who visit the Foodbank, the poverty of their situation has left them unable to afford the energy to cook the food in their parcel, let alone heat their home.
Hannah Worsley, Development Manager at Norwich Foodbank stated “People who come to foodbanks sometimes do not have the ability to cook the food we are giving them, and they don’t have the money for heating or warming the stove. Often it is the choice between eating and putting your heating on. We have got people coming to us in crisis.”
Norfolk Community Foundation have had a number of enquiries in the past for support wider than the focus which Age UK has so successfully provided, therefore we are thrilled to partner with Norwich Foodbank to gauge the extent of the issue and see if the project needs rolling out county-wide.
Make a donation
If you would like to help someone in Norfolk who is having to choose between heating their home and eating a meal, your donation will help to keep someone safe and warm this winter. Even if you don’t receive a winter fuel payment, you can still make a donation of any size.
Cheque – Some supporters choose to send a cheque and donate an amount equivalent to their own winter fuel allowance if they do not need it themselves, or give an alternative amount of their choice. Please make payable to Norfolk Community Foundation and send to: ‘Surviving Winter Appeal’, Norfolk Community Foundation, St. James Mill, Whitefriars, Norwich, NR3 1TN
Virgin Money Giving – You can donate online at https://tinyurl.com/ybnkavcs
BACS Transfer – You can donate either online or at a Barclays Bank using the following details: Account number: 03282503 Sort code: 20-62-61 Reference: SW Appeal
We can claim an extra 25% on your donation if you complete a Gift Aid form whether you pay by BACS or cheque. Download the form and send to Norfolk Community Foundation, St James Mill, Whitefriars, Norwich, NR3 1TN or scan by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For many local vulnerable & older people, your donation to the Surviving Winter Appeal is vital in helping them stay warm and healthy this winter.
Know anyone in need of support aged 60 and over?
Contact Age UK Norfolk on 0300 500 1217 to find out about receiving support from the Surviving Winter Appeal.