Snow and freezing temperatures have made it difficult for all of us this winter and the Met Office is predicting that there may be the return of a little more snow and the odd minus number popping up on thermometers during the week.
Cold weather can make life particularly unpleasant, and even dangerous, for Norfolk’s vulnerable older people. However, on Friday everyone can help raise awareness and money to help make sure no one goes cold. Age UK Norfolk will explain exactly what it’s all about.
As we get older, our bodies respond differently to the cold – increasing the likelihood of a heart attack, stroke and pneumonia.
26,000 people die every year in the UK because of the effects of the cold weather and nine in 10 of those are older people. Last winter over 2,000 older people died due to the cold in the east of England alone.
Clearly it just isn’t right that so many older people suffer as badly as this purely because they don’t have the kind of heating that many of us simply take for granted.
This year at Age UK Norfolk, a warming winter fundraiser gives you the chance to help people who can’t afford to help themselves.
This Friday is Bobble Day, a chance for you to raise money for some of the most vulnerable people in the Norfolk.
We’re asking people of all ages to don their woolly hats, scarves and jumpers – any woolly item of clothing in fact – and donate what they can afford, all in support of Bobble Day. You can wear your winter clothing to work, school or just out and about, so long as you’re fundraising it really doesn’t matter. It’s fun, it’s easy and it raises money for people who really need it – what’s not to love!
And why not jazz-up your knits with a ‘Bobble’ of your own?
We are asking people to show their support by wearing one of our lovely woolly bobbles, which come in red, yellow, orange or pink, and are available for a suggested donation of £1.
Bobbles are available from the Age UK Norfolk county office (take a look here to find where we are) and community hubs (in New Costessey, Acle and Diss) and you can also pick up a bobble at the Barclays bank on London Street, Norwich. If you’re involved in a local business in Norfolk and you want to get involved then you can do so by requesting a box of bobbles to sell to customers.
For more Bobble Day fun, there’s a Cosy Cakes and Coffee morning at Herondale in Acle or you can pop down for a Bobble Day event at Grandma’s Patch in Watton, where staff are wearing funky knits and offering bobbles.
You can contact Age UK Norfolk to obtain your bobbles or to receive a free fundraising pack here or you can raise money in your own way and donate it here (or set up a fundraising page on Just Giving or Virgin Money Giving). We are of course grateful for absolutely any donation that you’re able to make as a little really does go a long way.
The money you raise goes towards helping older people in a whole range of ways, including:
- Distributing funds to older people struggling to pay their fuel bills from donations made to the Surviving Winter Appeal.
- Providing benefit checks to ease financial worries.
- Running Winter Warmth awareness days.
- Distributing information guides and leaflets with tips on how to stay warm in your home.
- Distributing free thermometers – so older people know when to turn on their heating
- Distributing winter warmth packs and hampers.
- Providing a free telephone befriending service.
So whatever you’re planning to do for Bobble Day, big or small, keep donating and keep providing warmth to those in Norfolk who really need it.
It’s not just older people who suffer during the winter. Don’t forget that if you are struggling to pay to heat yourself this winter, or you know of anyone who might be, whatever age they are, then you can apply for help through Warm and Well. Have a look here for more information.
Now where did we leave our pink woolly socks…?