South Yorkshire charity launches winter appeal.

An elderly woman warming her hands by the fire at home.
An elderly woman warming her hands by the fire at home.

A South Yorkshire charity is embarking on a fundraising mission to raise money for vulnerable and elderly people across the district.

The South Yorkshire Federation (SYF) have launched their Surviving Winter appeal, through which they are calling on people to donate their winter payment or what ever they can to help the elderly and vulnerable in their area.

This is the third year of the campaign, which raised £5,700 last year.

These funds delivered a variety of different benefits including individual grants to aid the paying off energy debts, support for local organisations tasked with helping the elderly and vulnerable people as well as providing valuable funds to local food banks that experience a significant increase in demand in winter..

CEO of SYCF, Ruth Willis said: “Ruth Willis CEO of SYCF, said: “Surviving Winter is an important campaign that generates funds to help some of the most vulnerable people in our communities and those most severely affected by fuel bill price hikes and the rise in the cost of living. “Winter is hard on many of us, but for some it is truly a challenge to survive. We know that the need is greater and therefore we encourage people to give in order to help people in their local area.”

The latest data from the Office for National Statistics revealed how there were almost 24,000 excess winter deaths in people aged over 65 in 2011 and 2012.

Age UK calculated that this was 193 daily excess winter deaths or 8 per hour.

Ruth Willis CEO of SYCF, continued: There is significant need in our communities which is often overlooked. Thousands of elderly people and families are struggling with the sharp rise in living costs and utility bills leaving them facing big challenges this winter, and unsure of where to turn. No one should be left struggling and there is a responsibility on us all to come together and help when we can.”

For more details on the appeal or on how to donate please visit www.survivingwinter.org.uk