Published Wednesday 14 February 2018 at 9:17
Blackburn with Darwen Council is backing a local charity’s call to businesses to show their support in highlighting fuel poverty.
Fuel Poverty Awareness Day takes place on Friday, February 23 and businesses are being asked by Blackburn with Darwen Healthy Living to invite their employees to come to work in a woolly hat that day to show their support and make a donation.
The national day of recognition is designed to highlight the problems faced by those struggling to keep warm in their homes and all the work being undertaken to tackle the issue.
Blackburn with Darwen Healthy Living helps the most vulnerable families locally and across East Lancashire. All money raised will be donated to its Bill Busters scheme, which assists households that are struggling financially to heat their homes and keep up with fuel bills.
A collection pack which includes posters, flyers, stickers and a pop up collection box can be provided on request.
2015/16 saw 24,300 Excess Winter Deaths in England and Wales – a third of these attributable to cold homes.
More than 60,000 households in Blackburn with Darwen also now have the opportunity to reap the benefits of a local energy offering with ‘Fairerpower Red Rose’.
Councillor Mohammed Khan, Leader of Blackburn with Darwen Council, said:
We are delighted to back the day and invite our staff to take part in the campaign. Keeping people warm and healthy, especially during the winter, is vitally important and a key priority for the Council.
Abdul Mulla, Chief Officer Blackburn with Darwen Healthy Living, said:
The campaign will raise much needed awareness of just how difficult it is for families who struggle with fuel poverty and also raise much needed funds to continue supporting families in hardship.