We know many of our members are living with the late effects of Polio and Post Polio Syndrome (PPS), and winter can be a very difficult time. PPS causes nerves to change and so these people feel the cold more than most and as the nights start to close in again, many face the change in the weather with apprehension.
British Gas has recently announced a 12.5 per cent increase in electricity prices effective from 15 September 2017, which is anticipated to affect 3.1 million customers. This is expected to make the average dual fuel bill rise by £76 to £1,120. It is likely that other providers will follow British Gas and announce their own increases. The Government may address this issue but even if they do many of our members will still have to rely on the Winter Warmth Appeal fund. For many years this has been raising money to help those members struggling to pay their heating bills.
Members facing the greatest hardship are those on low incomes and/or under State Pension age and thus do not qualifying for the Winter Fuel Allowance. Any contribution you give will allow them to face the onset of winter with more confidence that they will be able to meet their fuel bills. Of course, it is about more than just money. Support Services are on hand to offer all the practical advice they can on keeping utility bills down, plus advice on cold intolerance and much more besides. It can be a hard thing to explain to those without Polio, but for many, just putting on anther jumper or using a bigger blanket does not solve the problem.
As usual we are aiming to raise £20,000 to help as many people as we can, so no one needs to spend the winter worrying about putting the heating on.
Thank you in advance for your understanding and support. If you are able to help, there any many ways you can donate. The donation forms on the page opposite and overleaf can be completed and sent to Central Office; you can make a regular payment via direct debit or a payment over the phone by credit card. Alternatively, visit our +moregiving page at