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Ellesmere Port Winter Fuel Bank Campaign

Every winter there are many people in our community who struggle to pay for enough gas and electricity to heat their homes and cook hot food. This year two local charities, Healthbox and Citizens Advice are joining together to make a difference and are asking for your support.

For the past two years Citizens Advice has run a Fuel Bank Campaign in the Northwich and Winsford area of the district. The Fuel Bank is aimed at providing financial assistance to those in need, in the form of payments towards their energy debts.

This year Citizens Advice are working in partnership with Healthbox to launch a similar scheme in Ellesmere Port. We are appealing particularly to those senior citizens who receive the Winter Fuel Allowance, to donate some or even all of their Allowance to this campaign, and indeed to everyone else, both individuals and companies, to contribute to this worthwhile cause.

Simply, money donated will be ring-fenced in a Healthbox account and Citizens Advice, after identifying and assessing the needs of individuals, will receive money from Healthbox which will be paid directly into the individual’s prepayment meter or account with the relevant utility company.

In the first year of the scheme in Vale Royal Peter was one of the residents that the scheme helped. When his wife came out of hospital, Peter was struggling to afford to heat the home to the level that his wife needed to avoid a further ill health and another long stay in hospital. While Peter worked with their support worker to put other solutions in place, the emergency help from the Fuel Bank made all the difference.

Last year Sarah was helped, a single mother of 3 who was struggling to pay for electricity to cook meals during the school holidays. Citizens Advice provided budgeting support and debt advice as well as help from the Fuel Bank to ensure arrears on her pre payment meter were paid off.

Healthbox and Citizens Advice thank you in anticipation of your contribution to this Campaign.

For further details and information bank transfer to donate please contact Healthbox 0151 355 0205

Alternatively to donate to the Fuel Bank please make cheques payable to Healthbox CIC Fuel Bank and send to: Healthbox, Unit 6 Venture Point, Stanney Mill Lane, Cheshire Oaks, CH2 4NE