SPREAD THE WARMTH
“Heat or eat?” – this harsh choice is one that will be faced by many of our neighbours as temperatures drop and fuel costs soar this winter, although help could be at hand.
Kensington and Chelsea Foundation are running their Winter Warmth Campaign again. We hope those that can, will pass on their Winter Fuel Payment. The government makes Winter Fuel Payments of £200 to all over 60s, and £300 to all over 80s, but with average energy bills now around £1300, this will not go very far for those in need.
The statistics in Kensington and Chelsea are still shocking. 40 elderly residents died of cold related illnesses last year, 60% ration their use of fuel with 26% turning off their heating due to fear of the cost.
We would like to ensure this does not happen again.
Last year we received so many heart warming stories, one woman felt her life had been transformed and said “I didn’t expect to witness a miracle in the way this one happened”Working with the local NHS, the Council and local voluntary organisations including Age UK Kensington and Chelsea, the Foundation will help to provide boiler servicing and maintenance, advice on energy efficiency and home insulation, as well as “winter hotspots” – opportunities for otherwise isolated older people to come together for a warm drink and some company.
Together we can change older people’s lives!
100% of your donation will be passed on to those in need.