Sian Welby launches Winter Warmer campaign in Wandsworth

8 December 2014

Channel 5 weather presenter and OK! Magazine columnist Sian Welby is backing a lifesaving campaign to protect vulnerable people from the cold in Wandsworth.

The Winter Warmer campaign comes at a crucial time. Recent figures show that each day in Wandsworth during the winter months, one person dies as a result of being too cold in their own home. Freezing weather is set to take hold of Britain this weekend, resulting in sub-zero temperatures and frost.

Sian went with a group of disabled people from Randall Close resource centre in Wandsworth on a shopping trip to gather duvets and blankets for the chilly weather.

The campaign has been set up to prevent vulnerable people developing serious health problems. It offers a lifeline of advice and support to help them to keep warm. Kind-hearted volunteers also aim to combat this by handing out warmer packs to vulnerable, older and disabled people in the community — some of whom will be spending Christmas alone.

Sian is a loyal supporter of Leonard Cheshire Disability and regular visitor at Randall Close.

‘As the freezing winter weather is set to hit the capital it is vital disabled and older people take action through the winter warmer campaign to ensure they are well prepared. Wrap up warm with the extra duvets and blankets in the free packs to keep well this winter.’ — Sian Welby

Randall Close resource centre service manager William J Gallagher is campaigning on the issue. He said: ‘Winter and the cold can be very dangerous for disabled, older and vulnerable people. We are working with Wandsworth Council to end this tragedy.

‘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 and can offer free warming packs to those who need them.’ — William J Gallagher

Run in conjunction with Wandsworth Department of Public Health and Age UK Wandsworth, the campaign sees people receive gift packs of soup, blankets, scarves, gloves and duvets to keep out the winter chill.

Councillor Jim Maddan, Wandsworth Council’s spokesman for adult care and health, said: ‘We know that more people die in Wandsworth during December to March than we would normally expect, so the council is determined to work with our partners to tackle this problem.

‘Our social services teams are calling more than 1,500 vulnerable people to check on them this winter, and we’re helping people get the advice 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 that together we can protect our vulnerable residents.’ — Councillor Jim Maddan

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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