Emergency relief packages for the elderly

18 December 2010

EMERGENCY winter packages are to be distributed to vulnerable elderly people in Darlington thanks to a charitable donation.

Age UK Darlington has been given £1,492.60 from the County Durham Community Foundation’s Winter Relief Appeal.

The money will be spent on a “Warmer this winter” project, which will see packages of fleece blankets, thermal socks, hot water bottles and other vital pieces of equipment and information being distributed to elderly people across Darlington.

The Winter Relief Appeal was set up in conjunction with The Northern Echo.

It is hoping to raise £250,000 this winter and is asking people who do not need their winter fuel allowance to donate it, or part of it, to help those less fortunate than themselves.

One of the people who agreed to do this was Alasdair MacConachie, the chairman of Darlington Partnership and vice-president of the foundation.

Yesterday, he presented the money to Age UK.

He said: “This is a terribly worthwhile cause. There are people who don’t have heating and don’t have enough food here in Darlington and that’s crazy. I would urge people to donate as soon as they can as we need the money now.”

The winter warmer packages will be distributed in the new year.

Andrea Hewitt, the information and advice manager at Age UK Darlington, said: “This will make a significant difference to people who are cold in Darlington.”

To donate to the Winter Relief Fund, call the foundation on 0191-378-6345 or email christina@cdcf.org.uk Groups who work with vulnerable people and would like information about the fund can call 0191-378-6340.

Source: http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/8746452.Emergency_relief_packages_for_the_elderly/