RECORD numbers of people in our area have requested help to pay their winter fuel bills, according to the Citizens Advice Bureau.
Last winter the organisations received 2,719 applications from people struggling to pay their bills – with hundreds from local residents.
That is why this winter the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF) has raised more than £15,000 via the Surviving Winter campaign to help older people living in fuel poverty.
The cash raised will be distributed through organisations such as the CAB to help about 120 people in our area struggling to make ends meet.
But more funds are needed to help the foundation reach its £100,000 target to help the thousands of people who have applied for assistance.
CAB development officer Teresa Jamieson said: ‘This information highlights just how many people in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight really do need our help.
‘I would urge anyone who has the means to donate to get in touch as it really does make a difference.’
HIWCF chief executive Toni Shaw also urged people to donate.
Call 01256 776101, visit hantscf.org.uk or send donations to HIWCF Sun Alliance House, Wote Street, Basingstoke RG21 1LU.