Can you help The Kensington & Chelsea Foundation’s campaign to keep local older people warm this winter?

The Kensington & Chelsea Foundation is launching its fifth annual Winter Warmth campaign. The campaign’s aims are simple. It asks local people who receive the Government’s Winter Fuel Payment to donate some or part of it to a neighbour in need if they are able.

It may be a surprise to learn that in the Royal Borough, 50 elderly residents died of cold related illnesses in 2012/13, 26% of those aged 75 or over turn off their heating and 20% of local older people live without central heating.

Many local older K&C residents have to choose between heating and eating, as rising costs and low pensions squeeze their ability to do both.

Last year, nearly £40,000 was donated by local people to the Winter Warmth campaign which was passed on to help more than 140 local older residents. The Foundation works alongside the Council’s Healthier Homes initiative and partners with local charities and community groups to identify the most vulnerable, isolated older people who are in need and it redistributes 100%  of all donations received.

As a grateful resident told us at the end of last winter, “I was awarded a winter Warmth grant to cover my gas bill.  This took away a great deal of stress and worry.”

If you are able to help with this campaign and would like to give to a neighbour, please call 020 7229 5499, or email           @KandCFoundation

111-117 Lancaster Road, London W11 1QT