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Surviving Winter


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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

Surviving Winter is a call for individuals to donate their winter fuel payment to those more in need. In 2014, thanks to a campaign run by the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, with the support of The Journal, over £20,000 was raised locally.

One group to benefit was Age UK North Tyneside, which received £2,660 to provide one-to-one support, community activities and benefit assessments, to ensure that local people received the support they need to tackle fuel poverty and stay warm during winter.

Rebecca Rutter, Information and Advice Co-ordinator at Age UK North Tyneside said:

“Fuel poverty is an issue that affects a large number of elderly residents in our region. Surviving Winter has allowed us to make a difference through home visits to work face-to-face with those who need our support, running a community event to raise awareness of fuel poverty and providing benefit checks to ensure that everyone received the support that they are entitled to. Thanks to the Community Foundation we can continue to build communities where the elderly are safe from the pitfalls of winter.”

Awards were also made to organisations in Newcastle upon Tyne, Gateshead, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Sunderland and Northumberland.

Jon Goodwin, Fund Development Manager at the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland added:

“We would like to thank everyone who donated their winter fuel allowance towards Surviving Winter. Community is our cause, and through Surviving Winter we are able to pool resources to make a big impact on fuel poverty. By supporting our campaign people have ensured that others in their area don’t have to choose between feeding themselves or heating their home – a choice that nobody should have to make.  We are delighted that the campaign has proved to be a success and look forward to doing more in the future.”


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: 19/06/2015 at 11:51 am


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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