9% of households in Cambridgeshire go cold over winter. That figure increases for Peterborough to 11.4% and to 12.3% for the city of Cambridge.  This means that over 33,000 households in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are fuel poor

In one of the most prosperous counties in the UK, many households simply cannot afford to keep adequately warm over winter. Incredibly, many parts of our county are amongst the worst nationally for fuel poverty.

This matters.

There is strong evidence that shows fuel poverty leads to:

  • Excess winter deaths – about 100 people die over winter because of fuel poverty
  • Deterioration in physical health & mental health
  • Social isolation
  • Truancy, anti-social behaviour & negative effects on education attainment in children

CHS is determined to do something about this. We want warm homes for thousands of vulnerable people right across Cambridgeshire and we need your help

Interested in Helping?

Everyone in Cambridgeshire over the age of 65 receives a non-means-tested Winter Fuel Payment, whether they need it or not. If you don’t need it, please consider donating an equivalent or part of it to the Winter Crisis Appeal, so that it can be given to other people or families in the county living in fuel poverty. We would also be very grateful for any donations, of any amount from people of all ages who simply want to support our appeal.  We have teamed up with Cambridgeshire Community Foundation; Cambridge & District, Peterborough and Rural Cambs Citizens Advice, Cambridge City Foodbank and Cambridge Aid to receive and distribute donations.

Ways to donate


Visit CCF’s Surviving Winter Just Giving page to donate online.

In the Mail

Send a cheque payable to Cambridgeshire Community Foundation, please include a note indicating that it is for the Surviving Winter Appeal to: 

Cambridgeshire Community Foundation

Hangar One
The Airport
Newmarket Road
Cambridge CB5 8TG

Bank Transfer or Standing Order

Email info@cambscf.org.uk to get information on sending a bank transfer or set up a standing order.

Gift Aid

As a Registered Charity 1103314 CCF is able to increase the value of your gift by 25% if you confirm you are able to make your donation under “Gift Aid” and provide us with your name and address. Please download and complete a Gift Aid Form below.

CCF Gift Aid Declaration Form.doc(36.0 KiB)

Thank you so much for your assistance in helping to eradicate fuel poverty in Cambridgeshire.