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Horsham charity help elderly stay warm this winter

12th February 2015

This news article is from Handicare UK. Articles that appear on this website are for information purposes only.

With a packed program of events planned by Age UK Horsham over the next few weeks, many elderly people will be prevented from being left in the cold this winter. The Spread the Warmth campaign aims to raise funds that will help the charity provide useful free information on adapting the home, offer shopping support to those who may rely on home stairlifts, and run services to help the elderly fight loneliness.

The length of the campaign will include Cold Homes Week, which runs from February 2nd-7th, and aims to raise awareness about keeping warm in the colder months when many elderly people may not be able to afford efficient heating. This will also include one of the main events that the campaign organises, called the Ostara Ball, which is the biggest fundraising event in the calendar year.

Raising funds to help the elderly in the winter months

Loneliness and money worries effect many elderly people in the Horsham District, and the charity aims to prevent this and improve the quality of life of those affected with the funds raised by the events. More than half a million elderly people in the UK spent Christmas Day with only their televisions for company, which is an issue that the charity also hopes to tackle in the future.

This Saturday, the team at Age UK Horsham have organised a Bobble Day, to help ‘keep Britain’ warm, which includes a street collection and activities in the town centre. Many of the cafes and restaurants across the town will also be selling a number of winter warmers to help raise even more money for the charity. Organisations in the district are being encouraged to hold ‘wear a woolly’ days, where colleagues and students are encouraged to wear a knitted jumper to work or school whilst giving a small donation to Age UK Horsham.

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