As the nights get darker and the temperature drops, we’re once again launching our annual Surviving Winter appeal, providing vital support to help vulnerable people across Norfolk get through the cold winter months.

Norfolk Community Foundation and St Martins staff and volunteers outside the St Martins donation station in Norwich

Despite the seasonal bonhomie that many of us think of traditionally each year, the onset of the winter months can be a worrying time for many people in Norfolk. The combination of bad weather, colder temperatures and the effects of rural poverty can be a tangible, sometimes disastrous, combination for vulnerable individuals and families. During the winter of 2016/17 there were around 590 excess winter deaths in Norfolk, a significant increase compared to the year before when there were 390 deaths.

And it is not only the county’s older residents that feel the pinch. Winter can be a significant concern and challenge for a much broader range of isolated and disadvantaged people, such as rough sleepers, families who cannot afford to heat their homes and those who are isolated and lonely. The aim of the Surviving Winter appeal is to provide essential support to people who are struggling and in serious need, to stop them from failing into crisis.

How will the Appeal help?

Together with our partner organisations, local older people’s charity Age UK Norfolk, homelessness charity St Martins and local foodbanks who work tirelessly on the ground to support those in need across the county, we are once again taking action this winter to help ensure that vulnerable people receive the help they need.

From providing support to help rough sleepers off the streets long term, to helping families heat their homes and keep their children warm, to alleviating loneliness amongst isolated older people who may have no-one else to talk to, the Surviving Winter appeal will transform local lives. For some, this support could mean the difference between life and death.

“It’s saved my life.” Read about how the Surviving Winter appeal is helping vulnerable people heat their homes and changing lives

Donate now and change lives

The Surviving Winter appeal needs urgent help from local people and businesses to support the most vulnerable in our communities. Every penny donated will go directly to local charities to enable them to provide essential help to some of the most vulnerable people in Norfolk from right now, through to spring.

Donate online quickly and securely, or alternatively please make a cheque payable to Norfolk Community Foundation and send it to Norfolk Community Foundation, St. James Mill, Whitefriars, Norwich, NR3 1TN, or telephone us on 01603 623958.

Every donation, no matter how small, will make a difference to local lives.