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Will you be nice and cosy in your home this winter ?

How would you feel about helping those that won't be ?

Some people have to choose between heating and eating – this year the situation could be even worse with the cost of living crisis and energy bills going up.

Please consider helping Cranleigh Lions to help others by taking part in Project Wenceslas and donating some or, perhaps, all of your Winter Fuel Payment to us.

To qualify for the Winter Fuel Payment you must have been born on or before 25th September 1956 and lived in the UK for at least one day during the week of 19th – 25th September 2022 – this is called the "Qualifying Week".

This payment is not means tested, it is tax free and will not affect other benefits.

Also, in November, a £300 one-off "Pensioner Cost of Living Payment will be given to those who already get the Winter Fuel Payment.
If you are eligible you will usually get the Winter Fuel Payment automatically. Most payments are made in November and December. You may need to claim it if you have not had it before or if certain conditions apply – details at www.gov.uk. You have until 31st March 2023 to claim for winter 2022-2023.

Cranleigh Lions are asking that if you do not need this money you donate your Winter Fuel Payment, or some of it, to the Cranleigh Lions' Wenceslas Project.

Working in conjunction with the Citizens Advice Bureau, the foodbank, Homestart and other charities and organisations funds will be used to help local people whose fuel bills are causing them problems.

Money is not given to individuals – we make payment direct to energy companies or we top pre-payment cards up with cash.

If you would like to help those who are unable to keep warm this winter please consider donating your Winter Fuel Payment or some of it to Cranleigh Lions.

If you are a UK tax payer we can also claim Gift Aid on your donation which means we can help more people. Bear in mind that Gift Aided donations can be included on your tax return.

Please see our website www.cranleighlions.org for more details and donations can be made quickly and simply online by following the link https://www.cranleighlions.org/events/wenceslas/
This will be the ninth year that we have run our Wenceslas Project and so far we have collected almost £25,000

As we did last year the Club has taken a decision that any money left in the fund at the end of May 2023 will be transferred to our main account to help with general Welfare matters. Past examples include a young single Mum with small children in social housing with concrete floors – we purchased carpets – or a family that are unable to have hot food as their cooker is broken and they cannot afford to replace it. Fuel related requests will still be considered.

Thank you.

Davy Worsfold Dip PFS

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