A welfare organisation has appealed for donations of electric fans to help elderly people who are battling through summer without air-conditioning. The St James' Settlement in Wan Chai has delivered 270 electric fans to the elderly since April, when it launched the scheme. The group also distributes other electric appliances. Social Worker Chan Ping-lun, who is in charge of the scheme, said many elderly could not afford the fans. 'We had one elderly man who is blind. He came a long way by MTR from Tsing Yi to our centre, hoping to get a free electric fan last Friday. We were all shocked by that.' He said there had been an overwhelming demand for fans but that the group had stopped processing new applications last month because it did not have enough appliances. Mr Chan said that before handing out appliances, the group needed to ensure the goods were in safe working order. 'Those which are too large, too old or that might pose a hazard to the elderly while cleaning might be rejected. But we have a team of technicians to repair them before we deliver them.' In addition to the fans, the centre is seeking donations of cookers, refrigerators, televisions, water heaters, electric kettles, air-conditioners, radios, phones and washing machines. Mr Chan said the group was also lobbying for free delivery services from transport companies and storage space from property management firms. Those who are interested in donating appliances or money can contact Mr Chan at 2835 4321 or 8107 8324.