A Kirklees charity is backing a national campaign to raise thousands for older people and vulnerable adults at risk because of fuel poverty.
One Community began its Surviving Winter 2013 fundraiser on Monday by asking people who feel they don’t need their winter fuel payment to use it to help others.
The community foundation for Kirklees – one of the Reporter Series Fund’s chosen charities – raised £2,450 for people and groups in our district through the same initiative last year.
Among the groups to benefit was Hanging Heaton Luncheon Club, which received £240 to help cover its insurance costs and buy new catering equipment.
One Community major gifts manager Paul Johnson: “This winter many old folks will have to choose between heating and eating.
“It is shocking that Britain is second only to Estonia in Europe for the number of people who struggle to pay their energy bills.
“And with fuel prices continuing to rise, we feel we must do even more this year to address this issue.”
Funds donated to the appeal will go to people in Kirklees directly or via charitable organisations.
Print off a donation form at www.one-community.org.uk or send a cheque made payable to One Community to Winter Fuel Campaign, One Community, c/o Chadwick Lawrence Solicitors, 13 Railway Street, Huddersfield, HD1 1JS.