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Surviving Winter appeal supporting local older people raises £100k in under a month

Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) is thrilled to announce that, following the appeal launch at the end of November, the 2021/22 Surviving Winter appeal has already raised a phenomenal £100,000 – thanks to the incredible generosity of local donors.

The team at SCF have been busy distributing funding across the county, and aim to support over 500 vulnerable older people in Somerset with a Surviving Winter grant again this winter, helping to keep them warm, safe and well.

The annual appeal encourages pensioners to donate some or all of their Winter Fuel Payment, if they don’t need it themselves. These donations provide funding and support to our older neighbours across Somerset who are struggling to heat their homes.

SCF’s Development Manager, Kelly Hall, thanked local people for their incredible support: “We have been astounded by the magnitude of support we’ve received for the Surviving Winter appeal so far this year.

“We’re hugely grateful to each and every person who has donated – and particularly those who donate year after year. Without your support, we know lots of older people in Somerset would be suffering in silence during the cold winter months.”

To donate some or all of your Winter Fuel Payment, or to make a donation of any size to the Surviving Winter appeal, please visit: to donate online, or send a cheque made payable to Somerset Community Foundation (writing SW on the reverse) to Yeoman House, Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet, BA4 6QN, or call 01749 344949.

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