MORE THAN £20,000 has been donated to Citizens Advice Hampshire to help with their ongoing response to the coronavirus.

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks donated the funding to assist the charity in working remotely to deliver a much-needed service to people and communities impacted by the coronavirus across Hampshire.

The charity provides support by acting as a single point of contact for funders, partners and policy makers, enabling them to work with other charities and organisations.

This means they can provide information and guidance and, last year alone, the charity dealt directly with over 85,000 people seeking advice on areas including health care, energy advice and finance.

Paul Bright, CEO of Citizens Advice Hampshire added: “We are delighted to have the support of SSEN through this significant funding which will enable our teams to provide additional support to existing Citizens Advice clients with energy issues during this difficult time.

“The award, which will also be used to help vulnerable customers access additional services such as SSEN’s Priority Services Register, is most welcome and its benefits will bring much needed support across the whole of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.”

Due to the coronavirus, the amount of people contacting the charity for advice has risen significantly, which is why SSNE donated the £20,000 to help them keep up with the additional calls.

Managing Director of SSEN, Colin Nicol, said: “Citizens Advice Hampshire is delivering crucial energy advice services, in addition to the many other areas of guidance they provide, to the thousands of people who contact them each year. This is a difficult and challenging time for many people and through this donation we know we can help the charity to extend the vital support they provide.