Elderly and vulnerable people facing fuel poverty in Lancashire will be supported through an appeal this winter - but donations are needed to support it.
The Community Foundation for Lancashire has launched a Surviving Winter appeal which helps people in the colder months.
Surviving Winter started as a vehicle to recycle Winter Fuel Payment that people had received but didn’t feel that they needed, but quickly expanded to take in donations from people of all ages, and of all amounts, which are directed to the local groups supporting vulnerable people in winter.
Donations pay for everything from individual bursaries for fuel bills and hot water bottles to lunch clubs for older people and boiler repairs
Last year the charity distributed £127,000 in more than 60 grants that target around 28,000 beneficiaries in Lancashire. Community Philanthropy Director for the charity Karen Morris said: “There are a lot of vulnerable people in our community it could be people who are homeless, or all sorts of situations, particularly at this time of year.
“But we can only do what we can do based on the donations that we get. We help a whole range of people through a range of different programmes throughout Lancashire.
To donate visit www.localgiving.com and search Community Foundation for Lancashire, one-time donations will be matched pound for pound up to £10.
To donate by cheque make it payable to Community Foundation for Lancashire and send it to Community Foundation for Lancashire, Third Floor, Stanley Building, 43 Hanover St, Liverpool ONE, Estate, Liverpool, L1 3DN.
People are asked to enclose a note stating the cheque is for the Surviving Winter campaign.