Strabane and District Caring Services have donated £10,000 to the local St Vincent De Paul to help combat fuel poverty this winter. Strabane & District Caring Services is a community based not-for-profit organisation providing health care, employment opportunities, community transport and other services in Strabane and the surrounding area.
The donation has come at a crucial time as weather conditions reach sub zero in the North West. St Vincent De Paul have also revealed that due to the economic climate they have seen a 50 per cent increase in people looking for help.
Gerard Harkin, Manager, Strabane & District Caring Services said: “The people of strabane have given immense support to our organisation since first set-up as Melmount Community Care in 1986. In these difficult economic times where money is short it is great that we are able to give some practical support back this christmas.” Dessie Drumm, Area President, St Vincent De Paul said: “Requests for help are always high at this time of year and particularly high at the moment given the current economic problems and the artic weather conditions. The downturn in the economy means that people who would have contributed to the Society in the past, may indeed be seeking assistance this year.”