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For every customer who signed up to the Refer-a-Friend scheme, the not-for-profit energy company agreed to donate money to the St Ann’s and Sneinton Foodbank.
This money will pay for emergency fuel vouchers for vulnerable people in crisis situations, who are often forced to choose between food and fuel during the cold winter months. Fuel Vouchers at this time of year can be a real-life line by giving them funds to pay for gas and electricity.
Along with funds, Robin Hood Energy are also donating food to the centre to help stock up their shelves
Winter can be a difficult time for foodbanks, as they can be some of their busiest months, meaning more desperate people are being driven to seek emergency help from the city’s and county’s foodbanks.
Many people who are in need of emergency food are often also in fuel crisis and have to make the choice between ‘heating or eating,’ which can lead to a series of health issues if they have to ‘self-disconnect’ (where they can’t afford to top up their pre-payment meter).
Robin Hood Energy believes that people shouldn’t have to make this choice. That is why the company is working with the foodbank to donate funds and food.
Spokesperson Robin Hood Energy, said: “Our aim has been to tackle fuel poverty from the start, it is one of the reasons we were set up. This scheme is just one of the ways we are doing this. If we have a chance to help the most vulnerable in our city then we will and we know that winter can be a difficult time, so I hope this donation will go towards offering them a helping hand.
“I would like to thank our customers for helping to support our fundraising. With £250 we are able to help 25 local families and support them so they don’t have to choose between heating their home or feeding themselves.”
Debbie Webster from St Ann’s Advice Centre, which runs the St Ann’s and Sneinton Food Store, said: “We cannot thank Robin Hood Energy and their customers enough for their donation and we appreciate their continued support. With their help, these fuel vouchers give up to two weeks of breathing space so we can support people longer-term to manage their fuel bills.
“I would encourage others to show their support by donating food during the summer months to ensure that we can help families at risk of going hungry. Just one item being donated this summer can make a real difference to a youngster who is struggling for food in Nottingham.”
You can help too. You can make a donation in person at St Anns Advice Centre, The Neighbourhood Centre, Robin Hood Chase, St Anns, Nottingham, NG3 4EZ.