Winter campaign collects thousands

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A campaign to help elderly and vulnerable people in South Yorkshire throughout the winter months has raised thousands of pounds so far.

The Surviving Winter appeal, run by the South Yorkshire Community Foundation, involves residents donating their winter fuel payment – or however much money they can – to help needy folk.

Around £2,000 has been raised in two months, and the cash will be used to support local charities, provide funds for food banks and help people struggling to pay energy bills.

Ruth Willis, chief executive of the community foundation, said: “Winter is hard on many of us, but for some it is truly a challenge to survive. We know the need is greater and therefore we encourage people to give in order to help people in their local area.

“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.”

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