As the weather is starting to get colder, many Henley families will struggle to keep warm this winter. For the third year, Henley Lions are calling for those pensioners who receive a Government Winter Fuel Allowance who perhaps don’t need it to donate all or part of this to people who are more in need.
Ian Tritton from Henley Lions said, “For the past 2 years Henley Lions have helped keep the heating on and cooker running with the generosity of others donating all or part of their Government Winter Fuel Allowance. Last winter alone Henley Lions supported 20 families and individuals in our area survive the winter with donations amounting to £5097.”
Henley Lions are working with Nomad Community Youth Project and Henley Citizen’s Advice to identify those families who are in need.
Liz Tweddle from Henley Citzen’s Advice said, “We are working closely with the Lions and Nomad to help screen and recommend how much each family receives. The families who come to us wouldn’t be able to get through the winter. If they are on a pre-paid meter they wouldn’t have any heating at all and if they pay by bills they would probably go seriously into debt. The families we support are always very grateful.”
Tim Prior from Nomad added, “It is great that this is something we are able to offer some of the families that we support. We work closely with Citizen’ Advice and if it is a family that we know that would benefit then we would recommend that they access this.”
Can you help by being a true Father Christmas and donating some of your Government Winter Fuel Payment to help those locally who are in need, so they can stay warm?
Donations can be made online via www.henleylions.org.uk – click on ‘Donate’ and please identify your donation as ‘Winter Fuel Project’ Please complete “Gift Aid’ if you can. Donations can also be made by cheque or bank transfer. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0845 833 7387 for information.
All monies raised will be deposited in the Henley Lions Charity Trust Account and will be ring-fenced for the Winter Fuel Project
If you know of someone who is in need of help, they should first approach NOMAD and Citizens Advice Henley for help and guidance to ensure they are receiving benefits due to them and assistance in starting to manage debt or in some cases help to move back into employment.