DORSET’S resident bishop is calling for people not to forget about those struggling to afford to heat their homes this winter.

It comes after the county was struck by snow and freezing weather last week.

The Rt Revd Karen Gorham, Bishop of Sherborne, is calling for donations to the Dorset Community Foundation’s Surviving Winter appeal, which helps local older people suffering during the winter months from the combined effects of fuel poverty and social isolation.

heating to save money after many days of very low temperatures followed by the current heavy snow.

“There has been a great response so far to this appeal. However, it’s not too late and this weather focuses our attention on those who struggle. Any donation can help someone in fuel poverty get through the current crisis and insulate their home for the future. People can donate online via or send a cheque made out to Dorset Community Foundation to Dorset Community Foundation, The Spire, High Street, Poole, BH15 1DF.”

“If you are over 50 and need help with heating your home, you can contact your local Citizens’ Advice Bureau. I’m also hoping to raise awareness among people who might know an older person in need – people like home helps, church visitors, family friends – that they can also refer people for help.”

Jon Yates, Chief Executive of the Foundation, said: “We are very pleased with the phenomenal success of the Surviving Winter Appeal which is based on the simple initiative of recycling unwanted winter fuel allowances from people who can live comfortably without them. Thank you so much to all who have donated and supported the appeal by spreading the word – donations are providing a lifeline for older people in need all across Dorset!”

The £200 grants for people over 50 are being dispersed through the Citizens Advice Network, which can be contacted on 01929 775500, and The Centre for Sustainable Energy on 0300 003 7023.