600 elderly people in Devon are at risk of dying

as a result of fuel poverty this winter.*

And that is not all, for every additional winter death, there are an estimated eight admissions to hospital, 32 attendances at outpatient care and 30 social service calls.   That’s 4,800 hospital admissions, 19,200 outpatients and 18,000 social service calls in Devon each year.  In addition the Department of Energy and Climate Change calculates that 17.6% of all households in Devon are living in fuel poverty.

Last winter, many people suffering fuel poverty remained confined to one room in an attempt to keep themselves warm.  Retired widower David said “If it gets far too cold, I go to bed. Last winter I spent more time in bed than I did downstairs.”  Beyond the hospital admissions and social service visits it is known that relieving cold and debt (for example, from energy bills) could reduce depression by half and visits to general practitioners by a quarter.

In response to this need and as part of a national programme we are launching a Devon Surviving Winter Appeal. 

What can you do to help?

Devon Community Foundation is asking you to consider donating your Winter Fuel Payment to help those who desperately need extra support during 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 anywayplease click here.

Funds raised will be re-directed to elderly and vulnerable people in Devon to help them keep their homes warm and to alleviate the effects of fuel poverty.

Watch Devon Community Foundation's Surviving Winter video here.


  *Based on Devon elderly population figures, national fuel poverty death statistics and Age UK’s Fuel Poverty Devon report

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Devon Community Foundation

Devon Community Foundation

Charity Registration No. 1057923

DCF is an independent, grant making charity supporting hundreds of local voluntary, community groups on the frontline in helping local people in need and creating better, more caring communities for everyone. It helps people who want to give, reach groups making a real difference to local lives.

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Donations 12

Donation by Dan Kenyon on 31/03/13


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Joy James on 02/03/13

Donation by Roy Webber on 23/01/13


+ £125.00 Gift Aid

For those whom God loves and who are in greater need than I am

Donation by Simon Byworth on 22/12/12


+ £75.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Vicky Morgan on 21/12/12


+ £50.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Janet Gould on 21/12/12


+ £50.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 21/12/12


+ £25.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Julia Dinsdale on 20/12/12

Happy Christmas and a Healthy 2013

Donation by Anne Lickiss on 10/12/12


+ £25.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Sarah Dean on 09/12/12


+ £25.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 07/12/12


+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Ed Burnand on 21/11/12


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£1,800.00
  • Offline donations£9,700.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£11,500.00
  • Gift Aid£450.00

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