Vulnerable elderly thrown lifeline as Wandsworth’s Winter Warmer campaign doles out duvets

Channel 5’s Sian Welby is backing this winter’s life-saving campaign to protect Wandsworth residents from the cold.

The Winter Warmer campaign is being run by the council, Leonard Cheshire Disability and Wandsworth Age UK to provide gift packs to vulnerable citizens.

Sian, a supporter of Leonard Cheshire, made a trip to Southside this week to gather duvets and blankets for those in need.

“As the freezing winter weather is set to hit the capital it is vital disabled and older people take action through the winter warmer campaign to ensure they are well prepared,” she said.

“Wrap up warm with the extra duvets and blankets in the free packs to keep well this winter.”

The packs will include: soups, blankets, scarves, gloves and duvets and will be given out by volunteers in the community.

In the winter season, every day someone dies due to cold related reason and the campaign has been set up offer them a lifeline.

“We want to reach out to not just the people who use our services but as many people in the community as we can to let them know we are here to help,” said Leonard Cheshire service manager William Gallagher.

Wandsworth council spokesman for adult care and health also made a plea for other residents.

He said: “I would urge anyone with an elderly friend, relative or neighbour to keep an eye on them this winter so that together we can protect our vulnerable residents.”

“Our social services teams are calling more than 1,500 vulnerable people to check on them this winter, and we’re helping people get the advice and support they need to stay healthy and warm.”

If you have blankets or warm clothing that you would like to donate to the campaign, please call William Gallagher at Randall Close on (020) 7223 0422.

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