A CHARITY is raising awareness of the support for residents struggling to pay for their heating.

The cause, Turn2Us, which helps people in poverty, has reported that there were 86,720 households in Dorset which receive the Winter Fuel Payment last year, yet many may have to cut back on keeping their homes warm as they are struggling financially.

Kathie Clarke, who is responsible for vulnerable customers at Turn2Us, said that #NoColdHomes campaign aims to inform people that energy suppliers offer support towards winter energy bills to certain customers, such as those on low incomes.

She added that some energy suppliers also have charitable trusts to help certain customers who are struggling with their energy bills.

"It is now very, very cold, which is terrible for those struggling to heat their homes. It is therefore essential that those who are worried about the cost of heating their home are made aware of the help that is available."

She added that the charity is running a #ShowUsYourWoolly initiative on social media, where people share images of themselves in woolly clothing along with a link to the charity.

For more information, go to Turn2us.org.uk