Both O’Neill and McLean says worse lies ahead as yet another energy price rise awaits this autumn. “People have to choose whether to have heat, or to eat, and I can’t see things getting better in the short-term any time soon,” says the Storehouse manager.

Adds O’Neill: “My concern is that we aren’t seeing a shift away from what we’re doing, so this will continue. Compassion and hope are powerful things to help people, but unless we change the root problems it is just like putting a sticking plaster on these issues.”