PEOPLE on zero hour contracts with no money coming in or facing delays in their benefits are some of those who have been helped by a Fuel Bank campaign.

The initiative has been run by Vale Royal Lions and Northwich Citizens Advice, who have thanked everyone who donated to the scheme, which is in its second year.

The campaign is aimed at providing financial assistance to people who need help towards their energy bills.

Michael McGlynn, team leader at the Northwich office of Cheshire West Citizen Advice said: “The Fuel Bank project has made a huge difference to families across Northwich and Winsford.

“For some just being able to cook one hot meal a day has been a lifeline.”

“We have been delighted at the response to this most worthwhile scheme. It has enabled more help to be provided by Citizens Advice, and on behalf of our clients, volunteers and staff Cheshire West Citizens Advice would like to thank everyone who has donated to this year’s campaign.”

The campaign has helped people with fuel debts who have struggled this winter to heat their home and cook hot meals.

In February alone helped was offered to 12 clients of all ages across Vale Royal.

The reasons for needing the help have been many and varied, including relying on zero hours contracts with no work coming in, the delay in benefits transferring from Income Support to Universal Credit and a sudden drop in family income owing to ill-health.

The president of Vale Royal Lions, Bob Mawson, said he was ‘thrilled’ with the success of the scheme.

“Lions exist to serve their community and the Fuel Bank, in conjunction with Citizens Advice, ensures that aid is focused on those in great need,” he said.

“During winter, hot meals and a warm home become more critical to good health, and Vale Royal Lions are most pleased that, through your generosity, they have been able to assist so many local people”.

The Fuel Bank appeal was launched in October, and was aimed in particular at people who receive the Winter Fuel Allowance to donate some or all of their allowance.