Surviving Winter

Thank you for helping local people Survive this Winter

Thanks to your generous donations, our Surviving Winter Appeal which we ran from November through the Winter, allowed grants to be awarded to Age UK Milton Keynes, The Foodbank, SSAFA Forces Help and YMCA Milton Keynes.  With our appeal funds they were able to buy emergency food and clothing, duvets blankets, hot water bottles and relief means to help vulnerable people stay warm, have food and stay mobile during the winter months. 

Our campaign was greatly enhanced through match funding we won from the Dept of Health's Warm Homes, Healthy People Initiative which meant every £1 we raised locally for the appeal was matched. 

Support for the YMCA's Winter Night Shelter
Our Surviving Winter grant made to the MK YMCA funded additional workers for their Emergency Night Shelter Project which ran from 1st December to the end of February.

Due to the lack of emergency accommodation for homeless people in Milton Keynes last winter, and serious concerns that this year someone would die on the streets from exposure to severe cold weather, MK YMCA set up the Winter Night Shelter Project. 

Safe and warm overnight accommodation and food was provided in church buildings across the city, this timely help gave hope, shelter and vital support for over 90 homeless people when they were most in need.

"I would have spent a long cold winter on the streets, making my depression even worse"

" I had nowhere else to go on release from prison, the staff were very helpful supplying food and clothing when needed. Thanks to the staff at the night shelter I'm alcohol free and on the road to recovery."

"I recently & suddenly became homeless, I thought this could never happen to me, but it did! These people have provided not only shelter but excellent support. kindness and guidance, I honestly do not know what I would have done without them and I'm now starting to get back on track."

"We had donations from other sources, but if it wasn't for the Surviving Winter Campaign, we wouldn't still be running."  Simon Greene, Housing Manager at MK YMCA.
"Thanks to the generosity of the local people who gave to our appeal we were able to directly benefit so many people this winter, not only with immediate solutions like warmth, food and shelter,  but also hope and help for their future." Sarah Sweet-Rowley, MK Community Foundation
Thank you! We will run this Appeal again for Winter 2012/13.


The Surviving Winter Appeal is a national campaign.  It was inspired when it launched last year by people who wanted to donate their Winter Fuel Payment** from the government to support elderly and vulnerable who are less fortunate than themselves.  The campaign has attracted many high profile supporters including, Sir Terry Wogan, Bruce Forsyth, Sir David Jason, Rosemary Conley, and locally, we are delighted Dame Cleo Laine has donated her Winter Fuel Payment to support people here in Milton Keynes.

** The Winter Fuel Payment is a universal benefit of between £100 and £300, made to everyone aged over 60 on the electoral roll during November and December.