A winter fuel campaign has had an overwhelming amount of support from the local community.
The campaign “Give your winter fuel allowance to those in greater need” was the heart-felt plea from the High Sheriff of Rutland back in October.
Air Commodore Miles Williamson Noble, who started the High Sheriff of Rutland’s Fund launched the campaign in the Mercury, urging readers to donate their winter fuel payments to those in need.
Soon after the campaign was launched the High Sheriff of Rutland’s Fund was flooded with donations from the community to help hundreds of families and pensioners in Rutland who can’t afford to heat their homes.
Following successful fundraising from the appeal and from both a charity race night in the summer and contributions at a service to commemorate a past High Sheriff, the fund is now in a position to make payments.
Mr Williamson Noble said: “I’ve been delighted by the generosity. It’s a wonderful appeal that has been mounted in conjunction with the Rutland Times and Stamford Mercury who kindly launched the campaign.
“I would hope to encourage people to continue donating as the cold weather arrives. The money raised will be used at its best advantage for those in need and will be spent in Rutland.”
Some £4,500 has been raised to help the elderly with their winter fuel payments, and this now being distributed to those in need via Age UK, Charity Link and the Rutland County Council Change Agents.
Mr Williamson Noble adds: “To everyone who helped raise the funds a tremendous thank you. By being generous and passing on their winter fuel allowance to those in real nice, they should feel proud of what they’ve done and feel satisfied that someone has been helped.”
A sum of £4,000 has been invested for future income, leaving £2,500 available for immediate distribution to charities supporting young people.
The High Sheriff of Rutland’s Fund, established in 2014, also provides support to charitable organisations that support young people in Rutland.
These organisations that are in urgent need of help are being invited to submit a bid for up to £500.
Priority will be given to capital expenditure on facilities or equipment, and to projects where the organisation is match funding the bid it is submitting.
Bids should provide details of the organisation seeking funding, an explanation of how much is being requested and costed details of what the money will be used for. Bids should be limited to one side of A4, and should be submitted by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for applications is March 1, and applicants will be advised as soon as possible afterwards whether they have been successful. Anyone wanting to contribute to the High Sheriff of Rutland’s Fund should visit www.llrcommunityfoundation.org.uk.