Thousands of pounds have been raised by pensioners donating their winter fuel payment to those less fortunate.
A total of £15,858 has been raised by 78 people giving up the cash given to them by the government over the winter as part of the Winter Warmth campaign run by the Kensington and Chelsea Foundation, which incorporates several different charities.
The fourth annual campaign in London’s richest borough is held to ensure elderly people in Kensington and Chelsea struggling to pay their fuel bills can afford to have their homes heated all winter without worrying about bills.
All people aged 60 and over, no matter what their financial status is, receive £200 from the government and those aged 80 and over get £300.
The Foundation - with Age UK Kensington and Chelsea, Kensington CAB and Nucleus Legal Advice Centre - decided to launch the campaign as although many people living in the borough can well afford their bills, 37 per cent of households struggle to pay their fuel bill and 40 people died last winter from cold related illness.
Actress Sylvia Syms, who starred in Shirley Valentine and lives in the borough, said: “This campaign is a wonderful way for people who can, to share what they don’t seriously need. Donating your winter fuel allowance ensures it directly benefits your neighbours most in need.”
A carol concert at St Mary Abbot’s Church in High Street Kensington on Tuesday also helped raise £344 for the campaign which is being matched by the local Barclay’s Bank to bring it up to £688.
Anybody can donate to the campaign, which raised over £35,000 last year, by going to thekandcfoundation.com