An estate agency in London has switched from donating charity funds to big charities and is instead directly funding local people who are struggling to pay their energy bills.
Boss and co-founder Lee James Pendleton says he was shocked by how much of the money donated to some of the big charities by agents is spent on administration and staff fees, and how little of the cash makes it directly to those in need.
His agency James Pendleton is now giving funds direct to local senior citizens to help them pay the escalating costs of running their homes.
“With rising energy prices and the significant pressure on those in our community with fixed incomes we have thought long and hard about what we can do to assist our neighbours and those in our community who are having to make that difficult choice as to whether they can afford to heat their home as well as fill their cupboards with food,” says Lee.
The firm has decided during 2022 to help 120 local pensioners in London, where it has ten branches.
This will includes paying £100 towards ten nominated people’s energy bills every month this year.
“We ask nothing in return for this assistance, we feel strongly that as a member of the community it is our responsibility to help those in our community that require it,” adds Lee.
Families or friends who know pensioners who are struggling to pay their energy bills and that live in the boroughs of Lambeth or Wandsworth are asked to nominate them for financial help.
“We understand that many would feel odd asking for help for themselves and as such we wanted to allow those who have supported their neighbours to help us to help them by nominating a member of this community who you feel would benefit from our assistance,” adds Lee (pictured).
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