CCF News Archive

November 2019

Surviving Winter Appeal for Cambridgeshire Launches

In partnership with Cambridge News, Cambridgeshire Live, Citizens Advice, Cambridge Aid, CHS Group and Cambridge City Foodbank, we are pleased to announce that our Surviving Winter Appeal is now live!

Find out more and donate to this year's appeals - thank you so much for your generous support!

The UK has the sixth-worst long-term rate of excess winter deaths in Europe with the highest levels of fuel poverty in the UK are in the East of England. Shockingly, 9% of households in Cambridgeshire go cold over winter. That increases for Peterborough to 11.4% and to 12.3% for Cambridge. That makes Cambridge the 6th worst of over 50 local authorities in the East of England!  Over 33,000 households in Cambridgeshire are fuel poor.

The majority of those affected most severely by the cold weather are vulnerable older people, many of whom are housebound with their suffering hidden from view. With your support, we want to be able to allow hundreds of households right across Cambridgeshire to be warm this winter. Our partners will also help 100’s of people with other issues affecting them including support with debt issues, energy tariffs, home heating and insulation improvements and increasing numbers of people experiencing loneliness and isolation.

This fund will support people across Cambridgeshire including vulnerable people of all ages, most particularly older people, children and individuals suffering poor physical or mental health.

We need your help to reduce the terrible impact of fuel poverty. Fuel poverty leads to:

  • Excess winter deaths - about 100 people die over winter because of fuel poverty
  • Deterioration in physical health & mental health
  • Social isolation
  • Truancy, anti-social behaviour & negative effects on education attainment in children

For example, children in cold homes are more twice as likely to suffer respiratory problems than children in warm home!

Everyone in Cambridgeshire over 65 receives a non-means-tested Winter Fuel Payment. If you don't need it, please donate an equivalent or part of it to the Surviving Winter Appeal, so that it can be given to others facing a hard winter living in fuel poverty. We would also be very grateful for any donations, of any amount from people of all ages who simply want to support our appeal.

“It simply doesn’t feel right that thousands of people, especially older people, children and the vulnerable will go cold this winter. I’m determined that we do something to help. Our Surviving Winter Appeal can help keep people warm in their homes. This is so important, it’s not just an issue of comfort this is about life or death for some! Please help if you can.” Michael O’Toole, Chief Executive, Cambridgeshire Community Foundation

Ways to donate


Visit our Surviving Winter Just Giving page to donate online.


Send a cheque payable to Cambridgeshire Community Foundation, please include a note indicating that it is for the Surviving Winter Appeal.  

Our address is:

Hangar One
The Airport
Newmarket Road
Cambridge CB5 8TG

Bank Transfer or Standing Order

Email to get information on sending a bank transfer or set up a standing order.

Gift Aid

As a Registered Charity 1103314 we are able to increase the value of your gift by 25% if you confirm you are able to make your donation under "Gift Aid" and provide us with your name and address. Please download and complete a Gift Aid Form from our Surviving Winter Appeal page