An appeal has gone out to wealthy pensioners to consider donating their Winter Fuel Payment to their local foodbank.
The money would then be passed on to the foodbank’s clients specifically to help them pay their gas and electricity bills, ensuring they won’t get cut off during winter.
The appeal is only being made to people who can afford it.
David Atkinson, co-manager of the Wokingham Foodbank, said: “If you are comfortably off, consider donating your Winter Fuel Payment to help those who are struggling to provide food for themselves and their families and can’t heat and light their homes this winter.”
All donations will only be used for fuel payments. Applicants will be vetted by the three care agencies who currently hold fuel vouchers – CAB, Wokingham Borough Council care services and Transform Housing – and the Foodbank.
David added: “We will pay the money directly to the energy supplier, not to the client.”
For details, call 07926 524605 or visit www.wokingham.foodbank.org.uk.