The Dorset Community Foundation’s Surviving Winter appeal celebrated its tenth year in 2020/21, with its key aim to help keep vulnerable elderly Dorset residents warm. There are currently 19,000 people in Dorset living in fuel poverty, according to government estimates, with older people in this category more at risk of dying from cold-related illness.
Each winter, Dorset Community Foundation teams up with experts to distribute £200 grants to older people in need, so they can afford to heat their homes without having to compromise on buying food and other essentials. Since 2011, the charity has raised over £250,000 and helped thousands of local people.
This year, the Energy Saving Trust Foundation supported the Dorset Community Foundation by collaborating to help amplify the campaign and reach new audiences.