Help appeal hit £10,000 target

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THE Star’s Surviving Winter appeal is closing in on the £10,000 mark – and readers are being urged to dig deep to help us hit the target before Christmas.

The appeal was launched just a month ago and has already raised £8,700 to help elderly people in South Yorkshire get through the bitter winter months.

More than 73,000 South Yorkshire pensioners are living in fuel poverty.

The Star’s appeal, organised by the South Yorkshire Community Foundation, is urging people who can afford it to donate their winter fuel allowance to people who need it more.

The allowance – at least £200 per household – is given to people aged 60 or over every December.

Pauline Grice, chief executive of SYCF, said: “For many the option to turn on the heating is taken for granted, but for some the winter is full of worry over bills and the fear that rising energy prices will force people into debt.

“The Surviving Winter Appeal looks to alleviate the burden for as many people as possible. The more that is raised, the more people we can help. We would urge anyone who can afford it to make a donation, to help older people get by this winter.”

Rosalind Eve, chief executive of Age UK Sheffield, said: “This is a great idea which will enable people to make a genuine difference to others in the local area.”

n To help the appeal reach £10,000 before Christmas, log on to www.sycf.org.uk/survivingwinter or send a cheque to South Yorkshire Community Foundation, 6 Leeds Road, Sheffield, S9 3TY.