DURING September, Oil 4 Wales launched a new scheme which saw it deliver free heating oil to its most vulnerable customers.
The Carmarthenshire based fuel supplier offered a one-off delivery of 800 litres of oil to its customers aged 80 years old or over to ensure its elderly community were kept warm over the winter months.
Thanks to its eligible customers who contacted their local depots to take part in the scheme, Oil 4 Wales’ forecasted pledge of £75,000 towards heating fuel was surpassed, with over £250,000 being donated over the past two months.
With the scheme exceeding its projected donation, the team have had to terminate the offer which was originally predicted to last until March 2023 and would like to thank all those who contacted Oil 4 Wales to take part.
Commenting on the success of the scheme, Managing Director Sally Williams said: “Following a difficult few years facing the COVID-19 pandemic and now the cost-of-living crisis, we are very proud to have been able to support our customers who have championed us for the past two years. We have been humbled by the lovely messages and cards we have received, and it means so much for us to be able to reach out to the community to ensure they stay warm during the coldest months of the year.”
“We could never have imagined that so many members of our local communities would sign up to the scheme in such a short period of time. This demonstrates just how vital it is to act on our mission to ‘work with the community, for the community’ and to support each other throughout the cost-of-living crisis. Oil 4 Wales will do its best to continue to support those who are most vulnerable over the course of this winter and to limit the impact of expensive energy bills on our customers.”
Feedback from customers who benefitted from the scheme included:
“Just to say thank you very much for the 800 litres of heating oil, it is very much appreciated and an extremely generous gesture.”
“This letter is to say thank you for the most wonderful gift I had on Monday of free oil from your company, so kind and it will help the elderly. I am 86 years old and have been a customer with you for over 10 years this month and paid the driver each time and the service has been wonderful, that’s why this letter I had to write.”
Over the last two years in a bid to decrease the burden of the pandemic, Oil 4 Wales has made several contributions to its community. These include a fuel delivery to local charity, The Carers Trust Crossroads which specifically benefitted an elderly husband and his wife, acting as their sons carer throughout the pandemic.
In addition, following a request from Carmarthenshire Council, ongoing fuel donations of 500 litres were provided to local residents who care for their child following a diagnosis of Moto Neurone disease.
“We remain dedicated to helping those with living in cold, less energy efficient housing and importantly to limiting preventable losses going forward. Oil 4 Wales will help in whichever way it can.”
Oil 4 Wales prides itself on building strong relationships with the community, and this is true of its customers all over Wales. Its dedicated staff continue to work around the clock to deliver essential oil and fuel supplies across the country.