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Charity Which Helps Fuel Poor Celebrates Major Milestone

By Katie Anderson on April 13, 2012

The ScottishPower Energy People Trust is celebrating reaching a major milestone, having donated in excess of £10 million to organisations working at grass roots levels to tackle fuel poverty. 

The Trust, which was established back in 2005, aims to provide funding for not-for-profit organisations set up to help vulnerable families who fall into the category of fuel poor.

More than 200 community based projects have benefited from total funding worth £10,691,776, aiding 1.6 million people. To qualify for support through the project, families either live in poor housing, are on low incomes or have health issues.

Ann Loughrey, the Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at ScottishPower and The ScottishPower Energy People Trust Company Secretary, said they were “delighted” to have reached such a milestone and that the Trust is dedicated towards addressing and tackling fuel poverty issues.

“It’s a very stressful time for families, the elderly or any household, when they are spending more than 10% of their income on their fuel bills and we are endeavouring to reduce that stress for them by working with local organisations which can help them tackle their specific issues,” she added.

Funded by ScottishPower as well as through voluntary donations from various independent supporters, funding decisions are the responsibility of an impartial experienced Board of Trustees. The Trust provides funding directly to not-for-profit organisations who support families and individuals who are classed as fuel poor.

More often than not energy firms are slammed for not doing enough to help energy customers suffering from fuel poverty. But The ScottishPower Energy People Trust is doing its bit to help society’s most vulnerable people, such as young families, the disabled and the elderly, who – because they need to keep their homes warm – usually suffer the most when it comes to high heating bills.

For more information or to apply for a grant call 0141 568 3492 or visit The ScottishPower Energy People Trust website.