MP backs campaign to keep elderly warm

THE plight of the elderly during the winter months has prompted a Bolton MP to back a charity campaign.

Age UK’s annual Spread the Warmth drive aims to reduce the number of winter deaths among the elderly.

The charity claims 27,000 people die prematurely each winter in England and Wales, the vast majority older people, because of respiratory problems, strokes and heart attacks brought on by cold temperatures.

Bolton West MP Julie Hilling said: “I am pleased to give my backing to Age UK and to support them in highlighting awareness of such an important campaign.

“I recently attended the annual meeting for Bolton’s Age UK and it was great to hear first-hand the good work that they do across our community.

“It is important that people keep warm this winter and source support with heating bills.”

Ms Hilling also advised constituents to contact energy suppliers to ask them about their prices.

She said: “I have been to E On’s Smart Centre in Horwich recently and they told me about their tariff for vulnerable customers.

“Please do contact your energy supplier as they should be able to advise the best tariff for you.”

Elderly people and their families can call Age UK free for advice on 0800 169 65 65.

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1:39am Wed 23 Jan 13

chris25 says...

an elderly neighbour said she can only have her fire on for short spells because she is only on the pension ,i nearly said never mind the 25 to 30 cigs you smoke will take the chill off actually i wish i had said it now to thoughtful thats me .
an elderly neighbour said she can only have her fire on for short spells because she is only on the pension ,i nearly said never mind the 25 to 30 cigs you smoke will take the chill off actually i wish i had said it now to thoughtful thats me . chris25

1:52am Wed 23 Jan 13

chris25 says...

chris25 wrote:
an elderly neighbour said she can only have her fire on for short spells because she is only on the pension ,i nearly said never mind the 25 to 30 cigs you smoke will take the chill off actually i wish i had said it now to thoughtful thats me .
An elderly neighbour said she can only have her fire on for short spells ,i nearly said never mind the 25 to 30 cigs you smoke a day will take the chill off ,actually i wish i had said it now i am just to thoughtful thats me but my husband says gutless.
[quote][p][bold]chris25[/bold] wrote: an elderly neighbour said she can only have her fire on for short spells because she is only on the pension ,i nearly said never mind the 25 to 30 cigs you smoke will take the chill off actually i wish i had said it now to thoughtful thats me .[/p][/quote]An elderly neighbour said she can only have her fire on for short spells ,i nearly said never mind the 25 to 30 cigs you smoke a day will take the chill off ,actually i wish i had said it now i am just to thoughtful thats me but my husband says gutless. chris25

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