Trust has a lot of bottle
Published by Alison Donovan for The Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust in Housing and also in Care and Support, Communities, Health
Claire Belcher of the Buckinghamshire Community Foundation with Guy Lachlan of Jones & Cocks and Masaud Subedar of Vale of Aylesbury Housing (The Trust).
Hundreds of homes have been given the opportunity to claim a free LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) bottle as part of Vale of Aylesbury Housing's (the Trust) 'Surviving Winter' campaign.
The Trust joined forces with local ironmonger Jones & Cocks to launch the campaign in order help out vulnerable residents, which over the past month has seen almost 200 homes take up the offer.
Masaud Subedar, Head of Community Services at the Trust said: "Thanks to our partnership with Jones & Cocks and the Buckinghamshire Community Foundation, the Trust's Residents Forum has been able to provide vulnerable residents with a free LPG bottle to see them through the worst of winter.
"One bottle of gas can power a typical central heating system for around two weeks which means the whole scheme has enabled us to provide the eqivalent of an hour's warmth for the whole of Aylesbury.
"While people who use gas and electricity can shop around to find the best deal available on websites like Uswitch, this option isn't available to users of LPG, which is why we were so keen to offer this opportunity to our residents."
Guy Lachlan, owner of Jones & Cocks said: “The chance to help out local residents is a fantastic opportunity, especially at this time of year when the weather is that little bit colder and a property’s heating is used on a more regular basis. Staying warm is really important for people's wellbeing, especially for the young and the elderly.
“Each bottle yields 650 kilo watt hour’s worth of gas, which will provide an average family with hot water and central heating for over two weeks.”
The fuel stored in each LPG bottle is environmentally friendly too - with approximately half the CO2 emissions per unit of energy compared to electricity.