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“It’s like a blanket on a cold night” video

As Fuel Poverty Awareness Day approaches (Friday 17 February), national charity Friends of the Elderly is encouraging older people who need help heating their homes to apply to its small grant scheme.

The charity offers one-off grants to older people to help relieve the stress and worry often experienced by those living on a low income.

Mary, 78, from Oxfordshire, contacted the charity because she had nowhere else to turn and no one to talk to. She had been diagnosed with lung cancer and said she was desperate and couldn’t cope. Friends of the Elderly contributed towards the cost of her heating bill.