More cold weather help is avail­able for city’s el­derly

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your -

A HELPLINE for older peo­ple who are wor­ried about stay­ing safe and warm will be of­fer­ing more help than ever this win­ter.

Age UK Peter­bor­ough has strength­ened its Win­ter­wise Ser­vice af­ter se­cur­ing ex­tra funds from the char­ity’s Lon­don head of­fice.

The additional funds mean that Age UK staff in the city can loan more elec­tric heaters, hot plates, blan­kets and room ther­mome­ters to vul­ner­a­ble el­derly peo­ple strug­gling for warmth as tem­per­a­tures plum­met.

Emer­gency shop­ping, warm home checks and ad­vice about in­su­la­tion are also avail­able.

David Bache, chief ex­ec­u­tive at Age UK Peter­bor­ough, said: “The Win­ter­wise ser­vice is nec­es­sary in Peter­bor­ough be­cause we are ex­pect­ing a re­ally cold spell again this win­ter and we be­lieve it will help some of the most vul­ner­a­ble older peo­ple to have a more com­fort­able time over the com­ing months.”

Older peo­ple or their fam­i­lies can call Age UK Peter­bor­ough on 01733 564185 or 0800 169 65 65 be­tween 9am and 4pm, Mon­day to Fri­day, ex­cept Box­ing Day, De­cem­ber 27 and Jan­uary 2nd.

A free Spread the Warmth guide is avail­able from Age UK shops and at www.spreadthe­warmth.org.uk.

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