Donate fuel payments
Appeal for unneeded grants
A CHARITY has asked people who do not need it to donate their Winter Fuel Payment to help prevent older people dying from the cold.
Age UK Hillingdon last year received nearly £1,000 from a handful of people who were entitled to the government payment but felt others needed it more.
Now the charity is calling on others to do the same.
Lesley McGinty, marketing and income generation team leader, said: “We would now like to appeal to anyone who feels they can spare something to send it in so that we can all play our part in preventing unnecessary deaths this winter and make sure that our older residents get all the help they need.”
More than 100 older people in Hillingdon die because of the cold every winter, according to the charity, with many choosing heating or eating.
As well as giving money, the charity’s Hillingdon branch, in Church Road, Hayes, also urged residents to check on neighbours as part of its Care Enough To Do Something campaign. The organisation works with older residents across the borough during winter, from helping to ensure they are get all the benefits to which they are entitled, to sending out handymen to provide free energy efficiency checks. It also provides draught excluders, blankets, thermals, thermometers and emergency food parcels.
To donate, send a cheque to Lesley McGinty, Age UK Hillingdon, 2 Chapel Court, 126 Church Road, Hayes, UB3 2LW, or visit www.justgiving. com/age-uk-hillingdon. Call 020 8756 3040 or visit www. ageukhillingdon.org.uk.