Fuel payments appeal launched

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RESIDENTS of Eastbourne are being urged to donate to a new appeal aimed at helping vulnerable people living in fuel poverty this winter.

The campaign, called Surviving Winter, is organised by Sussex Community Foundation locally and was inspired by individuals keen to donate Winter Fuel Payments from the government to support people less able to pay their fuel bills.

The campaign has won the backing of several high profile Sussex residents including the Duke of Richmond and forces sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn.

It is estimated that more than 4,834 households are living in fuel poverty in Eastbourne (10.9 per cent of households) while the town shows a high level of excess winter deaths - 22.5 per cent (121 deaths) compared with the South East average of 17.8 per cent.

The Surviving Winter appeal will channel all the funds raised to provide support to older and vulnerable people who are suffering because of fuel poverty.

Many have pledged to donate their Winter Fuel Payment of between £100 and £300.

The money will be directed to those most in need of help and make sure they can afford to stay warm, eat well and remain mobile, as well as help them in practical ways such as ensuring the can make doctor’s appointments, get to the shops and maintain an active social life.

To donate to the appeal visit www.Localgiving.com/survivingwinter