10th January 2019
The Surviving Winter Appeal has re-launched to help people who struggle to stay warm and healthy at this time of the year.
The Appeal was first launched by the independent charitable trust Essex Community Foundation (ECF) in 2011. The initial aim was to give those who received winter fuel payments they did not need, the chance to donate it and help elderly and vulnerable people to cope.
It is now open to anyone who wishes to support vulnerable people during the colder months. Local businesses are also encouraged to donate.
Caroline Taylor, chief executive of ECF said: “For many elderly and vulnerable people the harsh winter weather can make life extremely difficult. They are at risk if they try to get out and about and many are left trapped in their own home.
"Donations to our Surviving Winter Appeal will support the dedicated volunteers who check on them, provide free transport to doctor’s surgeries and cook warm meals. The Appeal also gives grants to the organisations helping homeless people who would otherwise have to sleep on the street.
“This support is more important now than ever, as data released by the Office for National Statistics reveal that excess winter deaths in England and Wales are the highest they have been since 1976.
“On a national scale, 50,100 excess deaths were recorded in England and Wales last winter, when there was a prolonged spell of extreme cold. This is around 45% more than those that occurred in 2016-17 and double the total in 2015-16.
“Over the past three years, the average number of excess winter deaths in Essex was 1,253.
“The Surviving Winter Appeal is a lifeline for those who are most at risk. We hope that the generous residents of Essex will give their support to this year's Appeal to help prevent people becoming victims of the harsh winter months. The more donations we receive, the more people we can help”.
Thanks to donations in previous years, the Foundation has been able to award grants totalling £69,000 to support the work of local voluntary organisations.
Grants distributed include:
Cheque – Please make it payable to 'Essex Community Foundation' and post it to 121 New London Road, Chelmsford, CM2 0QT.
Bank Transfer – If you call 01245 355947 a member of the ECF team will be happy to pass on the bank details.
Online – You can donate online via our Just Giving page.
Please don't forget to Gift Aid your donation. The Gift Aid form can be accessed here.