Although fuel prices are a little lower than last year, Government assistance is more limited and will only partly cushion the blow so there is still a significant gap to be filled. Coupled with the general rise in the cost of living, this is going to make this a very difficult winter for many families in the Farnham and Haslemere areas.
Consequently, for the 12th year, Farnham Lions are proud to be launching Project Wenceslas again. Lions are inviting those who receive a Winter Fuel Payment and who feel they don’t need it to donate it to the Farnham Lions Wenceslas Fund to help local people and families who will be finding it hard to keep warm and cook in the coming months. We also welcome donations to this cause from anyone else who would like to help.
Last year Lions distributed over £57,000 in respect of families with fuel debt referred to us by Citizens Advice and the Farnham Support Fund as well as a large number of discretionary grants to needy families identified to us by Foodbank, local Barnardo’s Family Centres, Home-School link workers, churches and other agencies. These payments enabled over 400 people to have hot meals and stay warm over last winter.
Every payment is made directly to the utility companies, ensuring that ALL monies received are spent on gas and electricity.
Donations can be made to www.lionsgiving.co.uk/Appeal/farnhamwenceslas or by cheque (payable to Farnham Lions Club CIO and endorsed WFP on the back) sent to Farnham Lions Club, 45 Edward Road, Farnham GU9 8NP