Thursday, 17 January 2013

Britain is a country where fewer old men than usual will die from the cold this winter because of a charity called Age UK and 'Spread the Warmth'

It's cold in Britain as the temperature here in Kent this morning indicated. Cold easterly winds from Europe are colliding with weather fronts from the Atlantic and there's more snow in the forecast.

The charity, 'Age UK', have launched their appeal for money, 'Spread the Warmth' with an old man called Frank :

They underline this with the fact that :

* every year, more than 26,000 people die needlessly during winter because of the cold weather and 90% of these are old men and women.

* over a third of old men and women over the age of 65 say they are " dreading the cold weather in winter".

* old people's bodies respond differently to the cold, increasing the likelihood of a heart attack, stoke and pneumonia.

* 36% of people aged 60 or over in Great Britain either stay or live in just one heated room to save money and 30% say they avoid heating rooms like the bedroom, bathroom or living room because they are worried about the cost,

During their 'Spread the Warmth' campaign, Age UK will help old men and women by :

  • distributing essential items like clothes, heaters and electric blankets.
  • offering  snow clearance services, shopping support and befriending visits, so those with mobility issues can get what they need.
  • distributing information guides, including tips on how to stay warm in your home and thermometers, so they know when to turn on their heating.
  • putting pressure on Members of Parliament and local councils to make cold-related winter deaths a public health priority.
Britain in 2013 - a country where a charity steps in to help prevent old men dieing from the cold.

Earlier posts with cold, old men :

Sunday, 5 February 2012
Britain is no country for the cold, old men who will die this week

Wednesday, 1 February 2012
Britain, a country where many cold, old men die in winter has the antidote in the Met Office 'Cold Weather Plan'

Tuesday, 23 February 2010
Britain this winter has been no place for old men but one with plenty of advice from the Government

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