Often the simplest ideas are the best. Everyone in Suffolk over the age of 65 receives a non-means tested Winter Fuel Payment, whether they need it or not.
We simply ask that if you don't need it, you donate it to the Surviving Winter Appeal, so that it can be given to another older person in the county living in fuel poverty. With 310 excess winter deaths in Suffolk alone, the Surviving Winter Appeal is quite simply a life saver.
Our charity partners are Citizens Advice Bureau, Warm Homes Healthy People, Age UK Suffolk, the Rural Coffee Caravan and Meet Up Mondays. Our business partners are the East Anglian Daily Times, East of England Co-operative, Hopkins Homes, Ipswich Building Society and Ipswich Town Football Club.
Rising energy prices and inefficient homes continue to place vulnerable individuals at a higher risk of poor health. 43,300 households in Suffolk currently live in fuel poverty, and shockingly, 25,000 people in the county are currently living below the poverty line. With these harsh facts, you can start to see the scale of this devastating issue.
We would like to thank the thousands of Suffolk people who donated all or part of their Winter Fuel Payment to this appeal. Through your ongoing support, more has been achieved to improve the lives of older and vulnerable people in Suffolk.
If you know someone who would benefit from receiving a Surviving Winter grant, please call Citizens Advice on 01473 298634.