A Sussex charity is urging the public to give more to its annual winter appeal to help people struggling to keep warm this winter.
“As temperatures drop, fuel bills soar and many more people have to make the awful choice whether to heat their homes or put food on the table,” said Kevin Richmond, chief executive of Sussex Community Foundation, the charity behind the annual Surviving Winter appeal.
“We’ve raised £16,000 from a generous public already in the last 12 weeks since this year’s campaign began and that money has started going out to people who need it via local Citizens Advice Bureaux and Age UK across Sussex.
“But the winter is far from over and we’d like to give out much more to support the elderly and vulnerable through the cold days and nights ahead.”
Generous donors have already enabled the charity to help one 90-year-old woman who has just received a grant to help her with her fuel bills. She lives alone in a very old, cold cottage in East Sussex and it’s been her home for almost 60 years.
“I have to have the heating on all day at the moment but only in one room,” said the woman, who has had strokes and can’t walk very well.
“I have to walk through the kitchen to get from the sitting room to the bathroom and toilet which is freezing. My nephew cooks me dinner every day and one of my children comes every weekend.”
Traditionally, many people who receive the Winter Fuel Payment in Sussex but feel they don’t need it themselves generously donate it to Surviving Winter – but any donations are welcome.
Donate online at www.localgiving.com/sussexgiving or send a cheque, made payable to Sussex Community Foundation and marked Surviving Winter, to Surviving Winter, Sussex Community Foundation, Falcon Wharf, Railway Lane, Lewes BN7 2AQ.
The charity can also claim Gift Aid on donations.
Last year, the campaign raised £100,000 to help people stay warm.