ISLAND charity, the Footprint Trust, has been awarded a grant from the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF).

The grant has been approved to support people living in Shanklin, Sandown and Lake, whereby the Trust has offered free energy-saving home visits, to cut utility bills and keep people warm.

Ray Harrington-Vail, on behalf of the Trust, said: “We are very grateful to HIWCF for their support for our work on the Isle of Wight.

"The Bay area has very high levels of fuel poverty, with many households making difficult choices between heating and eating.

"Our home visits giving tailored guidance have been shown to work, giving people skills to manage their heating and to cut bills.”

With an average saving of £300 per household, the Footprint Trust helps Islanders get to grips with costly energy and water bills and access extra help and support.

The local charity will be holding events in the Bay areas, showing ways to reduce energy and water wastage and associated costs.

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