The recent snowfall and freezing temperatures have seen most of us reach for the thermostat and think about comfort food to feel warmer. Unfortunately, this isn’t something that everyone across the region can do and many are now struggling with the cold. Older people living on a year-round fixed pension find the winter months particularly hard; often living in poorer housing stock, without central heating and not receiving the cheapest fuel tariffs means that staying warm is really hard. And staying healthy and well depends on staying warm.
Each year, older people receive a Winter Fuel Allowance to help them through the winter months but not everyone depends on this allowance to prepare meals, keep the lights on and heat their homes. Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland is asking you to support those older people in your town, village and street who otherwise will be making choices about which they can do without – food or warmth. Please, if you don’t need some or all of your fuel allowance, consider donating it to help someone who does.
Age UK has been campaigning for local residents to let our older people know that they are Not Forgotten this winter. After a hard year of isolation, loneliness, bereavement and fear of Covid-19, winter temperatures are just making it harder still. You can share your warmth with someone for whom the donation can mean the difference between barely surviving winter or reaching springtime in good physical and mental health.
Please, if you can, make a donation today of all or part of your winter fuel allowance.
Please donate online at Virgin Money Giving : https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charity-web/charity/displayCharityCampaignPage.action?campaignId=14738&charityId=1016041
Or send a cheque made payable to Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland. Please send for the attention of Tracey Pollard, Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland, Lansdowne House, 113 Princess Road East, Leicester. LE1 7LA and reference “spread your warmth” on the back of the cheque.