En­sure you warm to this res­o­lu­tion

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

IT is ex­pected that more than a third of peo­ple will break their New Year’s res­o­lu­tions by the end of this month.

How­ever, one thing we’re urg­ing res­i­dents to keep at the top of their agenda through­out 2015 is warmth – some­thing that plays a vi­tal role in health and well­be­ing.

Warmth in the home is par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant for peo­ple liv­ing with res­pi­ra­tory or car­dio­vas­cu­lar con­di­tions, as their health could be at greater risk from colder tem­per­a­tures.

The npower Health Through Warmth scheme works with a range of com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions, char­i­ties and lo­cal au­thor­i­ties across Eng­land and Wales to as­sist vul­ner­a­ble home­own­ers who need help to fund and re­pair or in­stall cru­cial heat­ing mea­sures in the home.

Home­own­ers who have a long-term ill­ness, a low in­come with lit­tle or no sav­ings and who are un­able to fully fund heat­ing mea­sures in their homes may be able to ben­e­fit from the scheme and they don’t have to be or be­come an npower cus­tomer.

So, if you don’t have heat­ing or it has bro­ken down and you think you may be el­i­gi­ble, please have a look at our web­site www. healththrough­warmth.com and get in touch to see if we can help.

ELAINE MID­WIN­TER npower Health Through Warmth

scheme man­ager

and com­mit­ment in­ter­ested in fos­ter­ing who could pro­vide a sta­ble home for some of the most vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren in the care sys­tem.

Barnardo’s of­fers 24 hour support and ad­vice to all our foster car­ers through the train­ing process and their fos­ter­ing ca­reer.

If you are able to pro­vide a home for chil­dren in need or want to find out more about fos­ter­ing in the south-east, visit barnar­dos.org. uk/fos­ter­ing or call 0800 0277 280.

There are many things that con­trib­ute to a happy child­hood, but with­out fam­ily support many chil­dren may never ex­pe­ri­ence the care and sta­bil­ity they need to reach their full po­ten­tial.

MICHELLE LEE-IZU Barnardo’s South-East and

Anglia Di­rec­tor

wardrobes, TVs and toast­ers and 100 per cent of the prof­its raised help fund the BHF’s life-sav­ing re­search to fight heart dis­ease.

I’ve even man­aged to kit out my daugh­ter’s stu­dent flat from BHF stores – they’ve got some great lit­tle finds.

After work­ing in the homes business for so long, I’ve been on the hunt for home makeover items more times than most, so I know where to find the real gems!

The re­ally great part is that by do­ing up your home with items from BHF stores, you’re also help­ing to fight coronary heart dis­ease.

When you con­sider that buy­ing a cou­ple of so­fas could ac­tu­ally fund a young BHF sci­en­tist for a day, it re­ally puts into per­spec­tive how much th­ese stores can help those in need, doesn’t it?

BHF Fur­ni­ture & Elec­tri­cal stores have some great bar­gains in there – so­fas from £95, beds from £65 and wash­ing ma­chines from just £60! What’s not to love?

Join the fight for ev­ery heart­beat by donat­ing to your lo­cal store to­day.

Stores run a free col­lec­tion ser­vice, which you can book on­line at bhf.org.uk/free or by call­ing 0800 915 3000.

CAROL SMIL­LIE TV pre­sen­ter and homes ex­pert for BHF Fur­ni­ture & Elec­tri­cal stores

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