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BLACKBURN CHARITY HELPS KEEP THE CHILL OFF VULNERABLE FAMILIES THIS WINTER

Today, Blackburn & Darwen Healthy Living has announced that 3,618 people in the local area receiving extra energy support this winter, thanks to their Bill Busters project and the support of the ScottishPower Energy People Trust.

Bill Busters was established in June 2012 with £46,835 of funding from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust. Since then it has helped thousands families across Blackburn and Darwen out of fuel poverty such as those with young children. The project visits such families in their homes to share advice and practical knowledge on how to save energy and maximise their income. Bill Busters has also helped these people access a staggering £598,556 in additional benefits and grants.

Sharon Lucas, Community Development Manager for Blackburn and Darwen Healthy Living, said: “Funding from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust has allowed us to provide a service to some of the most vulnerable people in the area. We offer intensive support in people’s homes to help them to save money and reduce energy costs, providing practical help to those with financial problem, as well as signposting to other services such as benefits advice.”

Ann Loughrey, Company Secretary and Trustee of the ScottishPower Energy People Trust, said: “Blackburn and Darwen Healthy Living is already well established in the area offering local people a range of services. Thanks to funding from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust, they have been able to provide specialised energy advice to those who are particularly vulnerable in the community and we are delighted to have supported this valuable project.”

 

Thursday, February 20, 2014