HUCKNALL pensioners who can afford togo without their Winter Fuel payments are being asked to donate their cash to those in greater need.
Surviving Winter is an inititive launched by Nottinghamshire Community Foundation, which collects donated Winter Fuel payments and redistributes to vulnerable residents through charities and local projects.
“In Nottinghamshire city and county, 240,000 people get Winter Fuel Allowance” said former Hucknall Labour MP Paddy Tipping, who is chairman of the Foundation. “We believe that if people who can afford it can donate their Winter Fuel payment, we would not only be able to help many older people literally survive the winter but also reduce suffering amongst many vulnerable people .”
“We cannot quantify exactly the number of elderly people who are most at risk from cold weather, but we do know that at least one in seven households is occupied by a pensioner living on their own with about 35% of them in fuel poverty. That translates to about 1,200 older people in Nottinghamshire living by themselves and facing a cruel choice about what to spend their pensions on.”
“This is an excellent campaign,” said Mansfield Labour MP, Alan Meale, who will be donating his payment. “Many people have to make choices between eating or heating. I hope people will contribute to the foundation to assist those in most need this winter.”
The Winter Fuel payment goes to everyone over 60 on the electoral roll during November and December. It amounts to £200 to £300 depending on age and domestic circumstances.
Nottinghamshire Community Foundation’s Nina Dauban said: “Donations will be used to support local charities and groups with a track record of looking after the old, the vulnerable and the homeless. Providing our donors use Gift Aid, we can guarantee every penny given will reach its target”.
To donate your payment go to the ‘donate’ button at www.nottscf.org.uk.