Appeal launched to help Shropshire households stay warm this winter
3rd Dec, 2019
Shropshire RCC has launched its annual campaign to support people in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin who are struggling to keep their homes warm through winter.
Our Warmer Winter Appeal raises funds to give out as grants for emergency fuel and energy-saving improvements in people’s homes.
The campaign has helped over 150 households in the county since it began in 2011. While anyone can support the campaign, the charity is asking people who receive the Winter Fuel Payment and who feel like they don’t need it to consider donating it.
Winter Fuel Payments are distributed by the government to everyone over State Pension age, regardless of income and whether they are still working.
This year the amount available is between £100 and £300, depending on age and circumstances.
Julia Baron, Chief Executive of Shropshire RCC, said: “The people we help are often isolated and hidden from view, but they are closer to home than you might think.
“Our appeal enables us to give out grants across Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin which can be used to repair a boiler or replace heating equipment – small acts which have a huge impact on whether someone stays warm and well this winter.”
More than 16,000 households in Shropshire and almost 8,000 Telford & Wrekin are living in fuel poverty, figures from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy show.
A large number of homes in the county are also ‘off gas’ so fuel choice is limited and can be expensive. Shropshire RCC partners with referral agencies to find people most in need and provide them with insulation, draft exclusion and other energy saving measures.
It also works to raise awareness about how households can make simple changes to reduce their costs while still keeping warm.
To donate to the Warmer Winter Appeal, visit Shropshire RCC’s fundraising page here.
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