December 22, 2016
Burnham pensioners asked to donate unwanted winter fuel payments

Burnham-On-Sea pensioners who receive a Winter Fuel Payment from the Government are being asked to consider donating it to needy elderly people across Somerset instead.

Somerset Community Foundation has launched its Surviving Winter campaign that encourages people to donate some or all of their unwanted Winter Fuel Payments to other people in local communities who need it most.

"If you are expecting your Winter Fuel Payment and don’t need it then donate it. A Surviving Winter grant doesn’t just pay for extra heating. It’s hand-delivered by one of our small number of trusted local partners, like Age UK and the Village Agents from Community Council for Somerset," explains a spokesman.

"A Surviving Winter grant becomes the foundation for a new relationship that can help overcome the isolation and loneliness that many older people experience."

"With the support of over 300 donors, Somerset Community Foundation was able to provide vital grants to 390 older people to help them through last winter."

"Please help us grow this campaign to reach every isolated and vulnerable household in the county."

To find out more about the Surviving Winter campaign, click here or to donate some or all of your Winter Fuel Payment, please send a cheque made out to Somerset Community Foundation (SW written on the back), Yeoman House, Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet, BA4 6QN. You can also call 01749 344949.


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