Beating Bills in the Bay

Island charity the Footprint Trust has been awarded a grant from Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF) to support people in Shanklin, Sandown and Lake. The Trust will offer free energy-saving home visits, which will cut utility bills, and keep people warm and well.

Speaking for The Trust Ray Harrington-Vail said,

“We are very grateful to HIWCF for their support for our work on the Isle of Wight. The Bay area has very high levels of fuel poverty, with many households making difficult choices between heating and eating. Our home visits giving tailored guidance have been shown to work, giving people skills to manage their heating and to cut bills….”

With an average saving of £300 per household, the Footprint Trust helps Islanders get to grips with costly energy and water bills and access extra help and support. The local charity will be holding events in the Bays area showing ways to reduce energy and water wastage and associated costs. For more information and help, email them or give them a ring on (01983) 822282.

The Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF) is an independent charitable trust established to inspire local giving for local need. The Community Foundation works both with donors who want to give something back to their local communities and voluntary groups providing vital services for local people. Companies, individuals, families and trusts can establish a fund with the Foundation, which supports a growing programme of grant-making to communities. HIWCF is part of a national network of 46 Community Foundations, one of the fastest growing philanthropic movements in the UK. Tel: 01256 776116