WITH THE cold weather threatening the health of many elderly people across the country, Malvern charity ‘Friends of the Elderly’ has set up the 2021 Winter Warmth Appeal, writes Amy Ford.
The organisation, which run care homes, day care services and a grant giving service for older people living on low incomes, decided to set up the scheme after learning a shocking average of 3million elderly people turn off their heating in the winter due to not being able to afford gas and electricity.
As temperatures fall far below 8°C elderly people are at risk of experiencing heart attacks, strokes, the flu, pneumonia and even hypothermia – emphasising the importance of the help being offered by the charity.
This year, every donation received will be matched by the Edward Gostling Foundation and the funds will go towards people like Vera and Henry who desperately needed £500 to replace their broken boiler which has protected them from the cold this winter.
Similarly, Frank was helped by a ‘life-saving’ £400 which was donated to help pay his electricity bills allowing him to use his stair lift again as before he resulted to sleeping downstairs often on the floor in the cold.
Mark Wilson, Friends of the Elderly’s Engagement Director said: “Helping older people like Vera, Henry and Frank is at the heart of our 2021 Winter Warmth Appeal, helping them to keep warm, healthy, comfortable and safe.”
Visit fote.org.uk/support-us/winter-warmth-appeal-2021/ for more information.