The Newport-based Footprint Trust charity has assisted over 15,000 local people on low income since 2002 by giving guidance on reducing energy and water bills, switching, insulation and grants.
Around 18% of Island homes are in fuel poverty. This means that people are making choices between heating and eating. This also means that energy is being wasted, adding to CO2 pollution. Those living in fuel poverty spend at least 10% of their income on energy for their homes.
In the past the vast majority of the Trust’s funding has come from off-Island, via charitable bodies, along with grants from the British and European governments. Funding is becoming more difficult to obtain, and the Trust does not want to cut services. The recent vote to leave the EU will hit the Trust and many other local and national charities as European grants will no longer be available.
Now, the Trust is seeking to raise £10,000 from a Crowdfunding appeal which will cover around 10% of its annual running costs. The crowdfunding page can be found at http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/warmahome/.
Speaking for the local charity its general manager Ray Harrington-Vail said:
“We are giving Islanders, and people with Isle of Wight links to the Island, the opportunity of investing in our success, and ensure we continue our work.
“The Footprint Trust gives practical help too many families and individuals every year. We have low running costs and the majority of our funding goes on delivering our services”.