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snowislandThe Isle of Wight’s Footprint Trust has launched a hard-hitting appeal aimed at highlighting the miserable Christmas that many families will face this Christmas.

In a special appeal leaflet the Trust makes the point that many Island families will be making the choice between heating and eating.

It’s cold. It’s Christmas Eve and you’ve got £10. Do you buy food for your kids? Or put the money on the meter?

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Shouts the text which the Trust is using to make the point, that many families use expensive pre-payment meters for their energy.

Ray Harrington-Vail, The Trust’s holder of the National Heat Hero award, said:

“We come across many young families and pensioners who are already making the choice between heating and eating. In the long-term we can get their home insulated or provide an energy efficient boiler. But they need help now. We provide duvets and emergency heating. We also get many people a discount on their power…”

“The Footprint Trust is dedicated to working with the Island’s community. This year we were given the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, for our ground-breaking work.”
Added Colin Withers, a Trustee for the local charity.

“Islanders will be pleased to know that the Footprint Trust spends less than 4% of it income on administration. We do not have any highly paid executives, or pay for professional fund-raisers, or pester people in the streets with chuggers!”

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Those wishing to make a donation towards the charity’s work can do so online at https://www.footprint-trust.co.uk/donate/ or by phoning 01983 822282.

Leaflets about their work, which contains a donation slip, can be found in local libraries and in the Riverside Centre

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