Sussex generosity this year brings warmth

Generous Sussex people have given more than 28,000 to help others in the county struggling to meet their fuel bills.

The money has been donated to the Surviving Winter campaign, the initiative of Sussex Community Foundation.

The first tranche of money is going out this week to Citizens Advice Bureaux and branches of Age UK across Sussex who will be distributing the cash direct to older and vulnerable people in fuel poverty who need help to keep warm this winter.

Many people across Sussex who felt they did not need it have given their annual Winter Fuel Payment to the fundraising appeal. In addition to the money raised direct from a generous public, the appeal has been boosted this year by a cash injection from the Goverment’s Warm Homes Healthy People Fund via East Sussex County Council.

In East Sussex, this means another £16,200 will be distributed as cash grants to people who really need it.

“We have been bowled over by people’s generosity,” said Sussex Community Foundation chief executive Kevin Richmond.

“People have been donating online, sending cheques and even coming into our Lewes offices to hand in donations to the appeal. The additional money from the Warm Homes Healthy People Fund given to us by East Sussex County Council means we will be able to make a real difference to older and vulnerable people this winter.”

People can make a donation to the Sussex Surviving Winter appeal online at www.localgiving.com/sussexcf or by sending a cheque to Surviving Winter, Sussex Community Foundation, Falcon Wharf, Railway Lane, Lewes BN7 2AQ.

To find out if you are eligible for a Surviving Winter grant, please contact one of the agencies distributing Surviving Winter grants in East Sussex.

They are East Sussex Age UK on 01273 476704, Citizens Advice 1066 on 01424 721420, Lewes & Seaford CAB on 01273 473082,

Eastbourne CAB on 417177, Rother District CAB on 01424 215055 or 01424 734549 or Wealden Citizens Advice on 01825 764940.

Surviving Winter is a UK-wide campaign that encourages individuals to make donations to help older and vulnerable people affected by the cold.

The campaign is inspired by individuals who want to recycle their Winter Fuel Payments to support those less fortunate than themselves.