Launch of Surviving Winter 2017/18 Campaign

HIWCF has launched its Surviving Winter 2017/18 campaign, calling for people to donate their Government ‘Winter Fuel Payment’ if they are able, or to make a much-needed donation to help older and vulnerable people struggling with fuel poverty in local communities.

Funds raised are recycled directly to those most in need of help through HIWCF partners The Footprint Trust, Vivid Homes and The Princess Royal Trust for Carers to ensure people can afford to stay warm, eat well and remain mobile during the coldest months, as well as providing practical help including attending doctor’s appointments, visiting the shops to purchase essential items and maintaining an active social life.

 Jakes Ferguson, Chief Executive at HIWCF commented: “It is crucial that we provide the most vulnerable people with the means to survive wintertime, as for some people it can come down to a choice between eating a meal or heating their home. Through the donation of Winter Fuel Payments and generous donations from those more fortunate members of our community, we can ensure that those most in need are able to keep warm and well.

HIWCF encourages people to donate generously to the Surviving Winter Campaign; if you can help, please go to our BT My Donate form or send your donation by cheque to: The Chief Executive, HIWCF, Dame Mary Fagan House, Lutyens Close, Basingstoke, RG24 8AG.

As part of the HIWCF Winter Campaign, HIWCF also administer Portsmouth’s Keep Warm Keep Well Programme, a winter hardship initiative helping those struggling with the cost of maintaining a basic acceptable standard of warmth and comfort in their home. Grants are awarded to those in need to help pay for gas or electric bills or key meter top-ups. Other funding opportunities under the winter campaign include supplying warm clothing, slippers, blankets and sleeping bags to those in need.

Photographs courtesy of the Footprint Trust – showing Ray Harrington-Vail, General Manager of The Footprint Trust on a home-visit supporting people to keep warm during winter