Urgent appeal by energy charity

By David Newble

Sunday, December 22, 2013


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


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by K Thornton

23rd December 2013, at 13:27:08

@Sammon... Lets all wake up over this Eco Green twaddle. I refuse to have insulation and would like the loft insulation removed too but its got Fiberglass in it, so no one will take it out...

Just one word for you, one that you may understand.... duh

I hear that it makes great Turkey stuffing, maybe you should try it...

Try burning some bank notes on that big old open fire of yours, much better than burning logs, alternatively roof joists would be an idea, also serving to solve that pesky insulation problem at the same time.

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by John Heelan

23rd December 2013, at 08:53:59

But they did die of the pollution from using coal and coke fires to keep warm. London smogs (i.e. smoke + fog) killed thousands (4000 in 1952 alone and 750 in 1962 even after the Clean Air Act was legislated) alone) and disrupted travel for days. I remember it well!

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by C Ryan-Sammon

22nd December 2013, at 21:46:00

No disrespect to anyone but back in the 40's/50's there was no insulation and just a fire in one room some places didn't even have electricity.
You wore more clothes and piled allsorts on the bed to keep warm, people didn't die because of it. I would also point out that the evil Low Energy Light Bulbs have mercury and who knows what else in them and can cause all sorts of health issues, just try disposing of them and see how hard it is, as you cant just put them in the ordinary refuse and I cant find anywhere on the Island where you can dispose of them, also read what happens if you happen to break one, that will speak for itself.
Lets all wake up over this Eco Green twaddle. I refuse to have insulation and would like the loft insulation removed too but its got Fiberglass in it, so no one will take it out...
What's wrong with extra layers of clothing in the cold weather, jumpers hats gloves etc.
Rant over ...

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by John Lovell

22nd December 2013, at 20:37:11

Absolutely Mike. Spot on.

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by Mike Crowe

22nd December 2013, at 17:28:14

"""get the country running properly,"""

and the first move would be to get us out of this EU Mill Stone

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