THE Footprint Trust has launched a hard-hitting appeal, highlighting the miserable Christmas many Isle of Wight families will face during the festive season.
In a special appeal leaflet, the trust said many families will be making the choice between heating or eating at this time of year.
Many families used expensive pre-payment meters for their energy needs, said the charity.
Ray Harrington-Vail, from the trust, said: "We come across many young families and pensioners who are already making the choice between heating and eating.
"In the long term, we can get their home insulated or provide an energy-efficient boiler. But they need help now. We provide duvets and emergency heating. We can also get many people a discount on their power."
He added: "The Footprint Trust is dedicated to working with the Island’s community. This year, we were given the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for our ground-breaking work."
Colin Withers, a trustee of the charity, added: "Islanders will be pleased to know the Footprint Trust spends less that four per cent of its income on administration. We do not have any highly paid executives, or pay for professional fund-raisers, or pester people in the street with chuggers."
Leaflets about the work of the trust, which contain a donation slip, can be found in libraries and at the Riverside Centre, Newport.
Donations towards the charity’s work can also be made by calling 01983 822282 or online at