Is there anything more British than enjoying a good cuppa and a slice of cake while being content in the knowledge that it’s all for a good cause?
I’m sure many of you are familiar with the Macmillan coffee mornings which are a great way to raise awareness of the fantastic work the charity does while also raising much-needed funds to continue to support those living with cancer.
The Nation’s Biggest Housewarming is admittedly a similar idea – which is great, if like me, you love a bit of cake! I just wish the calories didn’t count seeing as you’re eating cake for a good cause.
On Friday February 23, 2018 National Energy Action – the UK’s fuel poverty charity – invites you to take part in The Nation’s Biggest Housewarming. The day coincides with the nationally recognised Fuel Poverty Awareness Day, to highlight the pressing issue of fuel poverty and the importance of ensuring that vulnerable people have access to a warm, dry, safe home.
Across the UK, around 4 million households live in fuel poverty.
What is fuel poverty?
Fuel poverty is caused by low incomes, high energy prices and energy inefficient housing.
The horrible reality being fuel poverty is causing misery, ill health and premature death in millions of households across the UK.
High energy prices, dwindling household incomes and abysmally low standards of domestic energy efficiency are all contributing to a cold homes crisis.
In households across the UK, people are facing difficult choices about whether to heat their homes and do without another household necessity such as food, or spending what they need to keep warm and avoid falling into debt.
People are quite literally often choosing between heating and eating.
Without urgent and ambitious government intervention, NEA estimates that in the next 15 years the cumulative effect will be:
- 125,000 premature deaths as a result of living in cold homes;
- £950m of fuel debt which will not be spent in local economies;
- and £22 billion spent by the NHS in treating cold-related conditions.
A very bleak picture I think we can all agree!
So what are NEA doing to fight fuel poverty?
Although NEA is a national charity it is a small organisation which has a big vision – to have no one living in fuel poverty. Each year NEA help deliver activities that benefit thousands of fuel poor households.
NEA’s research, training, project delivery, events programme and other activities support and enhance the work of its members and other stakeholders in treating the symptoms of fuel poverty; as well as providing NEA with evidence to enhance its policy and campaigning work to ensure that the needs of those in fuel poverty are recognised and addressed.
How do you get involved with the Nation’s Biggest Housewarming?
If you’d like more information or to sign up to host your very own Housewarming event and receive a free fundraising pack visit the NEA website.
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