Thank you from charity in raising money for fuel aid

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A CHARITY which helped raise funds to help keep the vulnerable warm in the winter has thanked people for the support it received.

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation says it was delighted with the response to its Warm Front campaign. With the help of Portsmouth City Council, the organisation was able to raise £50,000 to extend its programme.

The money was used to help people with disabilities and families on low incomes, who were struggling with fuel bills to get through the winter. Chief executive Toni Shaw said: ‘We were delighted we were able to extend the Surviving Winter programme to include vulnerable and low income families.

‘We raised more than £50,000 and this helped us to support hundreds of people across Portsmouth. A grant like this can make a significant difference to those struggling to make ends meet especially during the cold winter months.’

Last winter’s campaign was supported by former sports presenter Dickie Davies and a host of businesses across Hampshire. Dickie said: ‘It was really important to lend my support to an initiative that would make a real difference to the vulnerable and elderly suffering with fuel poverty and hardship.

‘With the increase in energy prices, we wanted to help people in need in their communities. We’re pleased with what’s been achieved and I want to thank everyone who supported us.’