A social welfare charity is appealing for extra help this winter to support those in need across Merton.

Wimbledon Guild’s annual Winter Fuel Appeal gives more fortunate members of the community the opportunity to donate their payment to help those who may be struggling.

The charity, which is based in Worple Road, is asking residents who are in receipt of the state Winter Fuel Payment but who are not facing hardship to consider donating their annual government allowance.

Chief executive, Wendy Pridmore said: “There is very real hardship all across our borough which we see and try to help each day.

“There may be people who qualify for the Winter Fuel Payment but may feel more comfortable knowing the money will be used to heat the home of someone less well off. Our charity can help make that happen.”

Wimbledon Fuel Allowance has already helped a 90-year-old lady with providing her with a portable heater when her previous boiler was unreliable in her flat.

Carol said: “I ended up without heating for a month. When you have no one to turn to you realise how alone you are.

“Wimbledon Guild helped me so much and I cannot thank them enough for their support.”

Winter Fuel Payment (WFP) was introduced in 1997 aimed at tackling fuel poverty amongst pensioners.

To donate visit justgiving.com/wimbledonguild or call 0208 946 0735