Charities will be under increased strain this winter as a new poll of 67,000 people shows two-in-five Herefordshire residents are more likely to depend on charities during the cost-of living crisis.

Forty-three per cent of those who that took part have admitted they are more likely than ever before to have to call on help from a charity. Whilst 38 per cent said they are likely to reduce the amount they donate to charity due to the increasing costs they’re facing on their energy bills. While people may be planning to give less money, 33 per cent of residents have said they’re more likely to volunteer their time instead.

The findings come as the UK’s largest network of food banks, The Trussell Trust, announced it had distributed a record number of food parcels between April and September this year, with one in five individuals referred to The Trussell Trust now coming from working households.

With charities facing increased pressure, Benefact Group’s Movement for Good Awards is giving away £120,000 as part of its annual 12 Days of Giving Christmas campaign. Residents are encouraged to nominate a charity online at Ten charities are selected every day with the last draw happening on December 16. Nominations are open until Thursday, December 15.