Tv presenter Sian Welby recognised for supporting disabled people in South London

3 February 2016

Sian Welby receiving awardChannel 5’s weather presenter Sian Welby has been presented with an award from the Mayor of Wandsworth for her role in supporting disabled and older people in her home borough.

Sian was recognised for her creativity and commitment in raising awareness, through the media, of the dangers cold temperatures pose to society’s most vulnerable people. 

Sian, who is also a sports reporter for several broadcasters, has been the celebrity face and voice of a campaign called ‘Keep Well, Keep Warm’ since 2013.

The initiative is run by the Leonard Cheshire Disability Randall Close resource centre, Battersea, in partnership with Wandsworth Borough Council’s Department of Public Health, the Police and Fire Services in Wandsworth, and The Wimbledon Foundation.

‘Despite it seeming like a mild Christmas in the capital this year, most of the call outs and problems occur when the temperatures are between two and eight degrees,’ Sian explains.

‘I am honoured to receive the award for playing a role in encouraging people to look out for one another through the campaign.

‘I am happy Leonard Cheshire Disability has seen a marked decrease in winter deaths in Wandsworth since the campaign started, but we must stay vigilant.’

The Mayor of Wandsworth Cllr Nicola Nardelli awards a special badge to members of the community that are dedicated volunteers.

She said:

‘The boost Sian has given the Winter Warmer campaign in Wandsworth over the past two years has undoubtedly saved lives and I’m proud to present her with this badge in recognition of her efforts.’ 

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