HELP is at hand for those struggling to stay warm this winter after Age UK Solihull was handed heaters and electric blankets for its Winter Warmth campaign.
The Knowle and Dorridge Rotary Club donated over £1,000 worth of equipment to help the charity react quickly to emergency heating issues, helping to keep residents safe and warm throughout the coming months.
Age UK Solihull has been delivering The Solihull Winter Warmth Campaign on behalf of Solihull Council since 2008 and aims to reduce the harmful effects of the cold on vulnerable people during the winter months.
Each winter, the charity provides more than 60 electric blankets and 60 heaters and the helpline receives thousands of contacts from people needing help, not only with emergency heating situations but for switch comparisons, help with fuel debt, help using or programming a boiler and general information and advice.
Local couple, the Bradfords, benefited from the Winter Warmth programme last winter after their gas, hot water and central heating system broke down.
They said: “Being senior pensioners, we were very cold. In emergency, we were recommended to contact Age UK Solihull; we did so and were referred to the Winter Warm helpline.
“Received most kindly at their centre and being informed my wife suffered from advanced heart failure, they recognised our problem and set to arranging for us to have the use of two electric heaters and even sorted the problem of our over-age electric blanket, which was becoming dangerous to use.
“We are both deeply grateful for their understanding, fast response and transport assistance which meant so much.”
Colin Winstone, president of the Rotary Club of Knowle and Dorridge, said: “With the increase in the cost of living we are seeing individuals and families having to make difficult choices as we come into the cold winter months.
“Keeping warm is so important and our Rotary Club members are pleased to be able to help with this important community initiative.”
The Winter Warmth project runs from November to March and is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
To get in touch, call 0121 704 8080, email [email protected].