Campaign to protect hundreds living in fuel poverty in Somerset launched
PUBLISHED: 09:00 24 November 2017
A campaign to raise £100,000 to help vulnerable people this winter has been launched.
Somerset Community Foundation has launched this year’s Surviving Winter campaign, which encourages people to donate some of their winter fuel payment to help those living in fuel poverty.
More than 400 elderly people in Somerset were helped to keep warm last year thanks to the scheme, and a target of 500 has been set for 2017.
A spokesman said: “When a person receives their Surviving Winter grant it doesn’t just go towards paying the heating bill, it is also the first step towards connecting them to a local community partner.
“This can become the foundation for a new relationship that can help to overcome the isolation and loneliness many older people experience.”