Since energy company Welkom Energie went bankrupt, customers have been paying hundreds of euros more. Including Angelique Kesselaar from Den Ham, who can barely pay the bill now. Together with another victim, she starts a donation campaign to ensure that former Welcome Energie customers are still a little warm next winter.
It is cold in Angelique’s house, 16 degrees and the heater stays off until she can no longer get comfortable with her blankets. The heating plates in the rest of the house are completely turned off. Only the living room is still heated.
Don’t turn on heaters because you can no longer pay the bill. This is a reality for thousands of customers of the bankrupt Welkom Energie, according to Angelique. Together with Richard Dijksma, they have started a donation campaign via social media. As a helping hand for the most poignant cases of bankruptcy. Intermediate position: 2000 euros.
2300 victims found each other through a closed group on Facebook. The monthly costs after the takeover by another energy supplier are considerably higher than customers at Welkom Energie were used to. Sometimes 300 or 400 euros more per month.
“People are in financial trouble through no fault of their own, they no longer know how to pay their energy bills. I think that’s really bad. My boyfriend is helping me with bills and groceries this month, but of course it can’t go on like this. There should be nothing wrong with it, otherwise the concerns will become greater.” Angelique paid 86 euros at Welkom Energie, which now includes more than 200 euros in costs per month.
Money for groceries
The money collected is distributed among the most distressing cases, the expenses of the donations are shared openly on the donation campaign and via the Facebook group. The money is distributed by the initiators in vouchers worth about fifty euros per household, for groceries or, for example, toys for children. Transferring money does not happen.
Angelique is not afraid of abuse. “Yes, there may be people who pretend that they have been duped, but we also assume the good in people. You just hope that this end-of-year thought in the form of a little air can ease the suffering.”