Brighton Lions Club

Project Wenceslas

 

Brighton Lions Club is launching Project Wenceslas, a campaign to help combat fuel poverty in the City of Brighton and Hove.

People who receive the annual Winter Fuel Payment and feel they do not need it, are invited to donate the amount to Brighton Lions and who will direct every penny towards helping the fuel poor.

Levels of Fuel poverty are on the rise due to increasing energy prices coupled with high rents. Deaths in the coldest houses are three times as high as in warmer ones. More people die from cold housing than die on the roads each year.

Excess winter deaths contribute to 30,000 additional deaths in the UK each winter.

bhesco cold homesAnyone in fuel poverty can be affected, but most deaths occur among people aged 65 or over. The main causes of excess winter deaths are heart attacks and strokes, while the likelihood of colds, flu, and pneumonia dramatically rise as well.

Living in a cold home can also increarse depression and social isolation, as well as making it more difficult for children to study and do homework.
 
All referrals for help must be made through agencies such as the Citizens Advice Bureau, Age UK and BHESCo to ensure the donated money goes to the people who really need help.

There will be complete anonymity as all that is required for payment to be made is the energy company’s name and the account number.

Donations can be made by credit/debit cards through Brighton Lions Club’s website at www.brightonlions.org.uk or cheques payable to Brighton Lions Club should be sent to the Club at Lions Dene, The Deneway, Brighton, BN1 5AZ. People sending cheques are asked to confirm that their donations may be treated as Gift Aid so that the value of the donation can be increased by 25%.