Campaign to help 6,000 city households in fuel poverty

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More than 6,000 households in Milton Keynes are living in fuel poverty as temperatures plummet.

That’s the shocking news from the MK Community Foundation, which launches its ‘Surviving Winter’ campaign this month.

Backed by the Citizen, the campaign aims to give hands-on help to those residents in need during the winter months, and try to prevent the dozens of cold-related deaths the city sees each year.

The Community Foundation will work with Age UK to keep pensioners warm, the YMCA to provide shelter for homeless people, and the Food Bank MK to provide nourishment for those unable to buy food.

To fund this help, we are asking individuals, organisations and businesses to donate cash.

Throughout November, all donations made to the campaign can be doubled through the foundation’s Grow Your Tenner scheme,

For details log on to www.localgiving.com/charity/mkcomfoundation. Or you can send a cheque to MK Community Foundation at Acorn House, MK9 3HP.

Community Foundation chief Julia Upton said: “Winter is a dangerous time for our older and vulnerable people.

“The need for help is real and urgent.”