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Twenty older Dereham residents receive warm packs to help with snow

PUBLISHED: 17:13 18 January 2013 | UPDATED: 17:13 18 January 2013

Breckland councillors distributed 20 warm packs in Dereham. Left to right: Councillor William Richmond, Fred and Margaret Abrahams of Castell Road, Dereham and Councillor Elizabeth Gould

Breckland councillors distributed 20 warm packs in Dereham. Left to right: Councillor William Richmond, Fred and Margaret Abrahams of Castell Road, Dereham and Councillor Elizabeth Gould

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Twenty of Dereham’s older residents received warm packs from Breckland councillors today.

They include items such as blankets, hot water bottles and gloves that could come in useful during the cold weather.

Fred Abrahams, of the local residents association, helped councillors William Richmond and Elizabeth Gould find residents on the Highfield Road Estate who wanted a pack.

He said: “It was lovely to think local people would greatly benefit.”

Ena Heal, of Stigands Gate, said she was “overwhelmed with joy” to receive a warm and well pack.

Breckland Council distributed about 1,000 warm packs in the district last year, running out in October.

Emergency heating oil, portable heater loans and low level home insulation are also available to vulnerable residents in the county through the Warm and Well initiative.

Call Breckland Council’s principal housing officer Gordon Partridge on 01362 656870 if you know someone in Breckland who would benefit from a warm pack.

Help and advice is available on the free Home Heat Helpline on 0800 33 66 99. This connects people on low incomes with support which is worth an average of £160. The help available includes rebates, grants for insulation and new boilers, and advice on saving energy.

Find more information about the Warm and Well initiative on www.norfolk.gov.uk

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