A new initiative to help tackle fuel poverty in Calderdale and Kirklees is being launched by two Huddersfield businesses during this year’s Jo Cox Way, an event organised by the sister of the murdered MP in her memory.
Energy Lifeline will be officially launched by Huddersfield energy firm FM Energy and facilities management business Orchard FM during the annual bike ride from Jo’s Batley and Spen constituency to London.
The cycling event highlights the many small projects doing great work through the UK. This year’s event sets off in Yorkshire on July 25 and will finish at Bankside, close to Grenfell Tower and Borough Market, the site of one of the London terror attacks.
Jo’s sister Kim Leadbeater said the decision to launch Energy Lifeline during the Jo Cox Way was particularly appropriate as the focus for this year’s event is on the response of communities who have faced tragedy refusing to be beaten and resilience in the face of trauma and adversity.
She said: “The poorest in our communities regularly face tough choices between feeding their families and heating their homes.
“FM Energy and Orchard FM’s new fuel fund will see the business community working together with local charities to help vulnerable individuals and families meet one of their basic human needs – fuel.
“The scheme gets right to the heart of Jo’s philosophy that communities are stronger when they work together and we are delighted that these two businesses have chosen to sponsor the Jo Cox Way and launch Energy Lifeline during the event.”
Gareth Henderson, founder of FM Energy, Orchard FM and Energy Lifeline, said: “Through our partnerships with charities that work with the most marginalised in our communities we have developed a scheme to ensure everyone stays warm this winter.
“Each business that we provide energy related facilities management services to will be supporting this initiative, giving fuel and practical support to those on low incomes at a time when they need it most.
“Energy Lifeline is only possible thanks to the strong relationships our two businesses enjoy with our clients and community groups locally,” he added.