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Article date - 23 October 2017
Elderly and infirm people and young children are at risk when the temperature starts to drop. In 2015-2016 there were an estimated 24,300 extra deaths over the winter period in England and Wales. More than one-third of deaths were caused by respiratory diseases.
That’s why each year St Helens Council and local partners undertake a Winter Warmer campaign, handing out free winter survival packs and informing residents on the best ways to stay warm and well, while saving money and becoming more energy efficient.
The packs contain a range of winter essentials, including scarves, gloves, torches, water bottles and 2018 calendars full of useful information.
The campaign begins on Tuesday 24 October with a launch event at the town hall 10:30am-1:30pm. Several key organisations will be present, including St Helens Council’s Home Improvement Agency, Age UK Mid Mersey, St Helens Healthy Living Team, St Helens Senior Voice Forum, among others.
Being too cold can cause serious problems for your breathing if you have a bad chest. Sitting for long periods in a cold home can put pressure on your heart and blood circulation too – leading to very serious problems such heart attacks and strokes.
The council is also urging residents to keep an eye on older friends, neighbours and relatives as winter starts to tighten its grip.
Winter Warmer packs will also be available in local libraries throughout November as follows:
Call the St Helens Cold Weather Advice Line on 08000 355 878 for further help with keeping warm.