The gift of warmth and winter cheer in Somerset

December 6 2019

In light of Fuel Poverty Awareness Day, we are absolutely thrilled to have been able to fund ten oil-filled radiators, which have been donated to The Village Agents at Somerset Community Council. The heaters will be distributed to members of the Somerset community who are in need and will be available to reuse when they are no longer needed.

Fuel poverty is caused by low incomes, high energy prices, and energy-inefficient housing. It is estimated that around 1 in 10 of households in Somerset[1] live in fuel poverty and for many people having to choose between heating or eating is a shocking decision they must make each winter.

Emma Lower, our CEO said, “Everyone deserves to be warm, especially at Christmas-time and this seemed to be the perfect way to give something back to the local communities we support, The heaters are a gift to the Community Council for Somerset to use as they wish – helping people to heat their homes or community spaces ties-in with our own mission to help local people improve their homes through sensible lending,”

The Community Council for Somerset is a charitable organisation which supports people who live and work across the county, through a diverse range of projects.

Caroline Harding, of the Community Council for Somerset, said: “We are extremely grateful to Lendology CIC for donating 10 oil-fired radiators to us as we already work to support communities with their energy needs. This includes advice on keeping warm and well in the winter and helping to oversee the popular community oil scheme which helps people living in rural areas band together to bulk-buy heating oil at a cheaper price than they would if they bought it individually.”

This great initiative will help people to heat their homes and keep warm this winter and are particularly helpful as a short-term solution whilst the main household central heating system is being repaired/replaced.

To find advice or support, check out our useful info page.

[1] http://www.somersetintelligence.org.uk/fuel-poverty.html

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