Sian Welby helps launch Winter Warmers campaign

14 December 2015

Sian Welby launching Winter Warmers

Today Channel 5 weather presenter, and friend of our charity, Sian Welby helped launch the Winter Warmer campaign.

‘Despite it seeming like a mild Christmas in the capital this year, it only takes temperatures to drop by a few degrees for it to affect the elderly and vulnerable.

‘When talking to a representative from Leonard Cheshire Disability, I was shocked to realise that most of the call outs and problems occur when the temperatures are between 2 and 8 degrees.

‘So it doesn't have to be snowy and icy for people to need our help.’— Sian Welby

It will run in partnership with Wandsworth Borough Council’s Department of Public Health, the Police and Fire Services in Wandsworth, and The Wimbledon Foundation.

Winter Warmers to help older and disabled people

Recent figures show each year in Wandsworth nearly 100 people die as a result of being too cold in their own home. 

The campaign has been set up to prevent vulnerable people developing serious health problems by offering a lifeline of advice and support to help them keep warm.

Kind-hearted volunteers also aim to combat this by handing out Winter Warmer packs to vulnerable, older and disabled people in the community — some of whom will be spending Christmas alone. 

Emergency services have also been lending their support — local firefighters and police have been delivering packs to get as many out to vulnerable people as possible.

The campaign aims to reach over 600 vulnerable older and disabled people.

‘Around 100 people die each year in Wandsworth because they are cold and the council is determined to work with our partners to bring this number down. 

‘We are targeting areas where numbers are higher to make sure people have the information and support they need to stay healthy and warm. 

‘I would urge anyone with an elderly friend, relative or neighbour to keep an eye on them this winter, so together we can protect our vulnerable residents.’— Councillor Jim Maddan, Wandsworth Council’s spokesman for health and adult social services

Randall Close get involved

Sian Welby hands out blankets

‘Winter and the cold can be very dangerous for disabled, older and vulnerable people. We are working with Wandsworth Council to save lives. 

‘We want to reach out to not just the people who use our services but as many people in the community as we can to let them know we are here to help.

‘We can offer free warming packs to those who need them.

‘This campaign is not just charity; it aims to raise awareness of a wider national problem in our society.

‘I urge everyone to look out for and care for those in their communities who may need help at this time of year.’— William J Gallagher, service manager, Randall Close

If you have blankets, warm clothing or food you would like to donate to the Winter Warmer campaign, please call William J Gallagher at Randall Close on 020 7223 0422.

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