Wandsworth emergency services launch lifesaving winter warmer campaign

15 December 2016

Volunteers, people who use our services and emergency services staff at the launch of the Winter Warmer campaignA major campaign to save lives in Wandsworth this winter is being launched today backed by local emergency services.

The Winter Warmer campaign, run in partnership with Wandsworth Borough council’s Department of Public Health, Police and Fire Services in the borough, and backed by the Wimbledon Foundation, aims to reach over 600 vulnerable older and disabled people.

Recent figures show that each year in Wandsworth during the winter months nearly 100 people die as a result of being too cold in their own home and freezing weather is set to take hold of Britain soon.

The campaign has been set up to prevent vulnerable people developing serious health problems by offering a lifeline of advice and support to help them to keep warm.

Kind-hearted volunteers also aim to combat this by handing out winter warmer packs to vulnerable, older and disabled people in the community — some of whom will be spending Christmas alone.

Emergency services have also been lending their support and local firefighters and police have been delivering packs to get as many out to vulnerable people before the chill bites.

Leonard Cheshire Disability Randall Close resource centre service manager William J Gallagher said:

‘Winter and the cold can be very dangerous for disabled, older and vulnerable people.

‘Last year we delivered over 600 packs exceeding all our targets.

‘We are working with Wandsworth council to save lives reaching out to all the Wandsworth community offering free warming packs.

‘I urge everyone to look out for and care for those in their communities who may need help at this time of year.’

Wandsworth council’s health spokesman Cllr Jim Maddan added:

‘We are delighted to be working alongside our friends at Leonard Cheshire Disability and the emergency services to keep all our older and vulnerable residents safe and warm this winter.

‘If you or someone you know would benefit from one of these winter warmer packs then please get in touch.’

Run in conjunction with Wandsworth Department of Public Health, WRAP (Wandsworth and Richmond Assessment Point) and Age UK Wandsworth, the campaign sees people receive gift packs of soup, blankets, scarves, gloves and duvets to keep out the winter chill, as well as providing information and advice.

The campaign will also involve all the Wandsworth community including the Bluebell Café, Hindu Society, Balham Community Centre, Lambeth Chinese Community Association and the Latchmere Leisure Centre.

If you have blankets, warm clothing or food you would like to donate to the Winter Warmer campaign please call William J Gallagher on 020 7223 0422.

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