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Surviving Winter


Now in it’s third 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 live in fuel poverty.

Through Surviving Winter 2013, 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.

If you don’t need it, donate it!

Last year Surviving Winter raised over £20,000 to support local individuals like 94 year old Mrs R, who wishes to remain anonymous. Mrs R  benefitted from Surviving Winter after receiving a recommendation from her friend when her boiler was condemned during a routine service.  She was extremely concerned, with no heating or hot water in the home.

Through the intervention of the Community Foundation’s Surviving Winter Campaign, Mrs R, was able to seek help via Age UK North Tyneside who helped give Mrs R the advice she needed to access the emergency funding, and fastrack service that she needed to survive winter.

If you do not need your winter fuel allowance then please donate today. Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the Community Foundation and make sure Gift Aid is reclaimed on every eligible donation by a UK taxpayer. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – we raise more, whilst saving time and cutting costs for the Foundation.


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:

Online: Click here to donate online.
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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 Tyne & Wear and Northumberland
Surviving Winter Campaign
Newcastle upon Tyne


Dr Ros Altmann, campaigner for older people’s issues said:

“The Surviving Winter campaign is a vital initiative, which I am delighted to support. As energy bills reach record levels this winter, helping those who are vulnerable at this time of year is more important than ever.  Encouraging those who feel able to donate some or all their Winter Fuel Payments, or people to donate whatever they can to those who are struggling to heat their homes, will help more people keep warm and stay well through the coldest winter months.I do hope that we will not see a rise in the number of ‘excess winter deaths’ among older people this year and anything we can do to help will be so important.


  • Geographical area: Tyne & Wear and Northumberland
  • Last updated: 03/12/2013 at 12:05 pm


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