Surviving Winter Appeal passes the £1,000 mark

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THE Star’s Surviving Winter Appeal has made a roaring start – racing to the £1,000 mark as generous readers donate their fuel allowance to those who need it more.

Pledges and donations have been reaching the South Yorkshire Community Foundation office since the campaign kicked into gear last Thursday.

Donations have flown in by post, online and even text message, giving the Surviving Winter Appeal a great start in its bid to help older people combat fuel poverty over the coming months as the temperatures plunge.

One South Yorkshire pair – Mike and Kerstin, donating online – said: “No-one should be cold in their own home nor should they be hungry or feel unsafe.

“They are basic human rights in a civilised society.”

The appeal encourages people to make donations to help vulnerable pensioners struggling to pay soaring fuel bills.

The Government gives most over-60s a grant of at least £200 per household to help get through the winter.

But many people do not need this allowance – and The Star’s campaign is about trying to persuade them to give it to those for who keeping warm is a matter of life and death.

Pauline Grice, chief executive of SYCF, said: “It is great that we have been able to break this milestone so early on in the Surviving Winter Appeal, which will help older people to heat their homes and stay warm this winter.

“We have tried to make it as easy as possible for people to donate, so we have been delighted to see cheques come in through the post as well as online donations.

“It is vital now, however, that we push on from this achievement and encourage as many people as possible who feel they can afford it to donate to the Surviving Winter Appeal.”