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Surviving Winter


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Now in it’s fourth year, Surviving Winter is an annual campaign that raises money to help older and vulnerable people stay warm and well. Winter is a dangerous time for the UK’s most vulnerable people, and it is estimated that there are over 100,000 households in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland living in fuel poverty. Through Surviving Winter 2014, we encourage those that are in receipt of a winter fuel payment who do not need it, and members of the wider public, to donate to our campaign and help those who are suffering from fuel poverty in our local community.

Case Study

Last year Surviving Winter raised over £22,000 to support local people such as Mrs G, who had difficulty in paying her everyday bills during the winter, affecting her mental health through anxiety.

Anxiety was a constant issue within Mrs G’s life, meaning that she would not leave the house on her own. Mrs G’s social life was dramatically curtailed due both to her anxiety, and lack of funds to use to pursue social activities.

Through Surviving Winter funding, Age UK Gateshead ran an entitlement check for Mrs G. As a result of the check, the client was awarded an additional Pension Credit, and Attendance Allowance per week. As a knock-on effect of Age UK Gateshead and Surviving Winter, the client’s pre-existing Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit claims were increased to cover their entire rental and Council Tax liabilities.

Julie Latimer, Head of Customer Services at Age UK Gateshead said: “Surviving Winter had a very positive effect on our client’s anxiety and social life. By working closely with our client, Mrs G now feels she is not only able to pay her bills, but has some money left over for social events. We would like to thank everyone who has donated to Surviving Winter and has allowed us to give independence back to local people.”


With over 33% of 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:

Community Foundation
Cale Cross House
156 Pilgrim Street


  • Geographical area: Tyne & Wear and Northumberland
  • Last updated: 04/12/2014 at 1:37 pm


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Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland - Enriching lives through effective giving

Cale Cross
156 Pilgrim Street
Newcastle upon Tyne
T: 0191 222 0945 / F: 0191 230 0689