Alex Hurrell, Reporter
Friday, January 25, 2013
Hundreds of potentially life-saving “Winter Warmth” packs are being distributed to vulnerable people across north Norfolk.
The packs each contain products including gloves, a hat, socks, a hot-water bottle, insulated mug, a room thermometer and information on keeping warm and well in winter.
North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) has begun distributing 300 packs following the announcement that Norfolk had again successfully bid for extra funding from central government to help the vulnerable this winter.
An NNDC spokesman said deaths due to cold weather increased by almost 20pc during the winter months.
Many deaths could be prevented if those at risk were able to keep themselves warm by heating their homes, wearing warm clothing and staying active.
The council is working with a number of health and voluntary sector organisations to ensure those residents more likely to be affected by the cold weather receive a Winter Warmth pack.
Priority is being given to people who are vulnerable due to age, disability, a pre-existing health condition, a low income or who live in a poorly-heated or badly-insulated home.
The room thermometer has been provided to help recipients check that their homes are at the recommended temperature of between 18-21°C (64–70°F).
Angie Fitch-Tillett, NNDC cabinet member for health and well-Being, said: “The recent cold snap has brought in to focus just how important it is to ensure we consider the health and well-being of the most vulnerable among our communities.
“Remaining warm and well is often difficult for those on a low income, older people and those with long-term health conditions.”
● For further information and advice contact NNDC housing services on 01263 516315.