Monday, 6 February 2012

H&F Circle: Action to prevent 'Early Winter Death' in W12

H&F has the highest number of people killed by the cold in London. A shocking statistic and one which I only came across today as a result of an offer of help by the excellent H&F Circle, an organisation for the over 50s which I reported on in January last year

Hammersmith & Fulham Circle are working with other leading organisations in the borough on a scheme to help prevent Early Winter Deaths (EWDs). Common causes of EWDs are heart attacks, stroke, influenza, respiratory disease, falls/injuries and hypothermia, and Hammersmith & Fulham have the 4th highest rate of EWDs in the country and the highest in London! These deaths can be prevented. The Council has provided funding for a variety of help from each of the different organisations.

If you are over 65, have a disability, a long-term health condition or have children under the age of 5, then this severe cold can be a real challenge. Hammersmith & Fulham Circle are offering to grit or shovel the path outside your door, measure the temperature inside your home and give you a blanket or a storage heater if it's too cold. They can help buy some shopping, pick up medications or do errands if it's too cold or slippery. And they can accompany you to a hospital appointment, the doctors, or the shops.

All of this is absolutely free until the 31st of March - so if you would like some help or advice, or if you know of a friend or neighbour that could benefit, then call 0800 112 3448 or email for more information

And do for goodness sakes check on your elderly neighbours. Go on, don't be shy!

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