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  • More than 1 in 9 homes in the North East suffer from fuel poverty, according to Government statistics
  • The North East has the second highest percentage of homes suffering from fuel poverty in the UK

Sir Nigel Sherlock, KCVO OBE JP, a patron at the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, is backing a North East campaign to help vulnerable people avoid fuel poverty this winter.

Surviving Winter 2016 is a plea for local people who do not need their winter fuel allowance to donate it to the Community Foundation, who will use it to boost the capacity of voluntary organisations, who provide invaluable help and advice to people who need extra assistance in preparing for, and dealing with, the costs of the winter months.

The campaign is run by the Community Foundation in partnership with The Journal and the Evening Chronicle.

The Government’s Annual Fuel Poverty Statistics in 2015 highlighted that nearly 12% of households in the North East suffer from fuel poverty, with central Newcastle upon Tyne and central Sunderland regarded as the most at risk parliamentary constituencies in our region.

Sir Nigel Sherlock KCVO OBE, Patron of the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland said:

“During my time as Lord Lieutenant of Tyne & Wear I was able to see the crucial role that the voluntary sector plays in supporting our community. For some people in our region they have to make a choice of whether to heat their homes or whether to eat. This is something which must be tackled at a community level, and the voluntary sector works hard to find, and then to help those most at need.

“Last year was a relatively mild winter and improvements have been made but we cannot rest on our laurels as one in nine home will struggle to stay warm this winter. The winter fuel payment is a lifeline for many people but I would urge those who do not need it to recycle this payment and help local charities help people who do need that bit of extra support.”

Senior Woman Warming Hands By Fire At Home

Last year, Surviving Winter raised over £20,000 to support fuel poverty projects across the region.

One organisation to benefit was Carers Northumberland who received an award of £2,660 to provide information and advice sessions to carers in Northumberland.

Sharon Spurling, Chief Executive of Carers Northumberland explained:

“Our advice service provides information, advice and guidance on finance, benefits, housing, care support, condition information and advice around the Care Act changes to many people in our community. Thanks to a grant from Surviving Winter we have been able to provide in-house advice and support to carers on fuel poverty and energy use.

“In the last 6 months we have been able to identify where carers may be fuel poor and where they can seek increased benefits or obtain rebates whilst working with them to look at their future fuel management and energy saving techniques.”

One carer at Carers Northumberland was able to apply for a free replacement energy efficient boiler, because it was identified that she qualified under the British Gas Energy Tax because she was living with her partner who has a disability. Other carers have been supported to change energy providers, with one carer saving around £40 per month.

Jon Goodwin, Senior Philanthropy Advisor at the Community Foundation added:

“Through Surviving Winter we are able to collectively pool the resources of the community to make a difference to those most in need. By supporting our campaign you will help make the difference on whether someone can eat or heat their home, and give someone back their independence. This is a choice that no one should have to make, and if you do not need your winter fuel allowance this year then please donate it to Surviving Winter.”


With 1 in 8 homes in the North East considered to be in fuel poverty, the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland is launching a campaign to encourage those who do not need their winter fuel payment and members of the wider public, to donate to the Surviving Winter campaign and help those who are suffering from fuel poverty in our local community.


You can donate in the following ways:


Phone: Call 0191 222 0945 to make a donation by card.

Post: To download our Surviving Winter donation form please click here. To donate, complete the form and attach a cheque made payable to The Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland. If you are a UK tax payer we can also claim an additional £50 for every £200 donated through Gift Aid.

Please send your donation form and cheque to:

Surviving Winter Campaign
Community Foundation
Philanthropy House
Woodbine Road
Newcastle upon Tyne


  • Geographical area: Tyne & Wear and Northumberland
  • Last updated: 03/12/2015 at 12:34 pm


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