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Cambridgeshire Community Foundation

Surviving Winter Appeal | Cambridgeshire | 2023-2024

This winter, give the gift of warmth to Cambridgeshire households struggling in the face of fuel poverty.
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This year's Surviving Winter Appeal aims to raise £20,000 to support local families and individuals facing fuel poverty this winter.

Why is support needed for households facing fuel poverty?

As the cost-of-living crisis continues and many energy support schemes offered last winter will no longer be offered this year, prices will be equally, if not more, challenging than last year. National Energy Action has found that about one third of households believe that they will struggle to heat their homes this winter.

Support is needed more than ever, with those who had previously been ‘just about managing’ now being pushed to the brink. Cambridge Aid is currently helping 25% more people this year, compared to 2022, and Cambridge City Foodbank is experiencing a 40% increase in need for fuel vouchers compared to the same period last year.

Those affected by fuel poverty cope as best as they can. People cut back on other essentials, such as food, or they ration energy use by heating only one room. Many people will also take respite in other warm places. However, with high energy costs and other living expenses, low incomes and energy-inefficient homes, these measures only go so far and should not be what anyone should need to resort to.

People in fuel poverty face serious health risks from living in cold homes, with cold-related deaths representing the biggest weather-related source of mortality in the country.

Among the worst affected will be the most vulnerable, including children. Living in fuel poverty can have a detrimental impact on children’s health, well-being and their ability to learn. Children growing up in cold, damp, and mouldy homes with inadequate ventilation have above average rates of respiratory infections and asthma, chronic ill health, and disability. They are also more likely to experience depression, anxiety, and slower physical growth and cognitive development.

People who are already struggling with poor health may also find themselves facing difficulties to stay warm in the winter. Last year, the Surviving Winter Appeal supported a terminally ill woman in her early 60’s who was undergoing treatment and felt very unwell. Despite receiving Universal Credit and PIP payments, she was still struggling to pay her bills to keep her house warm. Due to the seriousness of her medical condition, it was important for her to stay warm, so the appeal offered vital support in her time of need.

How will the Surviving Winter Appeal help?

The Foundation appeals to those who are in a position to help to donate to the Surviving Winter Appeal to help local families and individuals facing a winter in fuel poverty. If you are receiving support that you do not need, such as a Winter Fuel Payment which is non-means-tested, we encourage you to please donate the equivalent or part equivalent to help those who will struggle to afford a warm home.

The Foundation is working with partnering charities across the county to distribute the funds raised by making direct payments towards energy costs, like topping up prepayment meters, financing upcoming gas and electricity costs or paying for heating oil deliveries.

The charity partners include: Cambridge Aid, CHS Group, Cambridge City Foodbank, Citizens Advice Cambridge & District, Citizens Advice Rural Cambs and Citizens Advice Peterborough.

This winter, please donate to the Surviving Winter Appeal to give the gift of warmth to another home in Cambridgeshire.

About the charity

Cambridgeshire Community Foundation helps local people to offer support to projects they care about; ones that are making a difference to the lives of local people. Through the Funds donors set up and grow at CCF, grants are made to support local charitable projects

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