Employers in Southampton provide some Winter Warmth

During winter, one older person dies needlessly from the cold every seven minutes. Employers in Southampton have taken action to provide some winter warmth as part of a joint campaign between Age UK Southampton, Business in the Community and Hampshire Cricket in the Community.

The cold is a cruel and unwanted opponent to older people and their health and wellbeing. We are grateful for the support of employees at local companies who have donated items to support the appeal. Each shoe box will provide a bit of winter warmth for Southampton’s older population.

- Peter Bennie,
Chief Executive Officer, Age UK Southampton
Employees at Bouygues UK, Grant Thornton, Lloyds Banking Group and Right Management Workplace Wellness donated items including hot water bottles, soup, gloves and scarves to help Southampton's elderly population keep warm this winter. 

Of the winter deaths that happen every year, nine out of ten are of older people. Age UK estimates that 1.7 million older people in the UK can’t afford to heat their homes, and over a third (36%) say they live mainly in one room to save money.

Cold weather adds greatly to the financial worries of older people. 30% say they avoid heating rooms like the bedroom, bathroom or even living room because they are worried about the cost.

Commenting on the support of local employers, Peter Bennie, Chief Executive Officer at Age UK Southampton, said ‘The cold is a cruel and unwanted opponent to older people and their health and wellbeing. We are grateful for the support of employees at local companies who have donated items to support the appeal. Each shoe box will provide a bit of winter warmth for Southampton’s older population.”

Donations were presented to Age UK Southampton on Wednesday 10th December 2014 at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton and will be distributed to the local community in time for Christmas.

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