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Let's warm a few hearts.

ONE might say that Crispian Strachan can afford to donate his winter fuel payment to help poorer elderly people who can't afford to heat their homes.

That would miss the point. Mr Strachan, former chief constable of Northumbria Police, freely admits he can afford to make such a donation.

But of one thing you can be certain: many people who are richer than Mr Strachan won't be handing back the money.

How people spend money that is rightfully theirs is of course up to them. Nobody is forcing them to give it up and nor should they start.

What the Community Foundation says is that those who are well aware they do not need the fuel payment should consider giving it up.

Last year the campaign raised PS20,000 to alleviate fuel poverty. It would warm everyone's hearts if we could do even better this time.
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Title Annotation:Editorial; Opinion, Leading articles
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Dec 3, 2013
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