Do­nate fuel pay­ments

Ap­peal for un­needed grants

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - by Will Ack­er­man ed­i­to­ri­aluxbridge@trin­i­

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. ageukhilling­

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