Plea to people in Dorset to donate winter allowance

Lunch club
Image caption Donations have helped support a lunch club in Piddletrenthide

People in Dorset who do not need their winter fuel allowance payment are being encouraged to donate it to charity.

The payment of between £125 and £400 is available to people in the UK over the age of 60.

But a community initiative across Dorset is using donated payments from the scheme to help run activities, including a monthly lunch club in Piddletrenthide.

The Big Heat Fund is hoping for more donors to come forward.

Tina Baker, from Community Foundation which manages the fund, said: "We've had a good response so far.

"But obviously there are a lot more people out there who are saying they don't need the allowance but not actually doing anything about it."

The winter fuel allowance is a yearly tax-free payment to help people over the age of 60 pay for their heating in the winter.

The amount varies from £125 to £400, depending on individual circumstances.

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