Extra £12,500 for WHAM

Donation from Bristol Energy will go to supporting vulnerable households during Covid-19 crisis ...

16 April 2020

Bristol Energy has donated £12,500 to the WHAM project to help people who are struggling to top up their energy Pre-payment Meter (PPM) due to the impact of Covid-19.

Wham is a multi-agency initiative that supports Bristol and North Somerset’s most vulnerable residents – giving advice on energy, money, benefits and carrying out home repairs. You can read more about it here.

The donation will provide immediate support to households who are particularly vulnerable to fuel poverty during the Covid-19 restrictions. Struggling households will be able to access emergency PPM top-ups and oil-filled electric radiators if their home has no heating, as well as in-depth advice related to their energy supply, repairs to their home, or even getting food or medicines to their home.

Allan Booth, Managing Director at Bristol Energy, said: “These are unprecedented and challenging times for all of us, but the impact of Coronavirus will be particularly difficult for vulnerable households; those who are ill, must self-isolate, or those who have lost a significant amount of income as a result of government restrictions.

“Usually April marks the end of the heating season; a time for households to save on their energy bills. But this year, energy consumption is likely to rise despite the improving weather, with so many people staying at home. For those already struggling to pay their energy bills extra support is vital. In fact, money advice charity Talking Money – who are part of the WHAM project - expects to see a surge in the number of people needing help due to the Coronavirus outbreak."

CSE's Lisa Evans manages WHAM. “The amazingly generous donation from Bristol Energy will make a huge difference. With this extra funding, we’ll be able to help those most in need to allow their income to stretch a bit further and take away the worry of yet another bill to pay.

"Bristol Energy are not only helping their own customers but also those who are really struggling and with different fuel suppliers. They're one step ahead of other suppliers in supporting the most vulnerable. If you are worried about your energy use, call us on 0800 082 2234."

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