'Wear it woolly' for Blackburn with Darwen charity

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BLACKBURN with Darwen Age UK is encouraging people to ‘wear it woolly’ and raise some cash for pensioners struggling during cold winter weather.

The cold snap last year 2012 resulted in 160 people in East Lancashire dying from the effects of the cold.

Now the charity is offering a number of free services to try and combat the problem.

And on Friday February 8 schools and cafes across the borough will be supporting the campaign by ‘dressing down’, wearing woolly jumpers and selling bobble hats for £1, which are available at Age UK, King Street.

Chairman Ian Woolley, who donned his favourite bobble hat in aid of the cause, said: “I have a daughter who is very much an outdoors sort and she took this hat trekking over 1,700ft high in the Himalayas, where it gets pretty cold.

“I wouldn’t give it away for anything though, I’m a bit bald and I need it to keep my head warm!

“I find if you keep your head warm then the rest of your body will be too.

“There are a lot of older people in East Lancs that are struggling to keep warm in the cold and catching hyperthermia, pneumonia, flu, or even dying.

“We have a lot of social deprivation in our area and people worry about fuel bills and will leave the heating off as long as they can, below six degrees even, which is when you start worrying about hyperthermia.

“So we’re offering lots of services to help people, like giving out free thermometers so people know what the temperature is in your house and when you should turn the heating on.

“We offer advice and information on our helpline, but it is quite costly because we don’t charge for it.

Mr Woolley added: “People getting ill or dying in winter is a major problem and we know from our experience locally that a lot of people do struggle to stay warm.”

The charity also offer benefit checks to ease financial worries and befriending visits so those with issues getting about can access things they need.

For more information on how to get involved visit www.ageuk.org.uk/blackburnwithdarwen or call 01254 266620.

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6:10pm Sat 26 Jan 13

2 for 5p says...

Excuse me but don't pensioners get a cold weather payment yearly of about £450 or am I wrong.
What's that money being spent on, obviously not what its supposed to be.
Excuse me but don't pensioners get a cold weather payment yearly of about £450 or am I wrong. What's that money being spent on, obviously not what its supposed to be. 2 for 5p
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6:19pm Sat 26 Jan 13

Red Rosie says...

You are wrong, £200, which is gladly appreciated with the price of gas and electricity, these days.
You are wrong, £200, which is gladly appreciated with the price of gas and electricity, these days. Red Rosie
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8:04pm Sat 26 Jan 13

2 for 5p says...

Red Rosie wrote:
You are wrong, £200, which is gladly appreciated with the price of gas and electricity, these days.
Hey you.
That's £200 each what more do you want the shirt off our backs
[quote][p][bold]Red Rosie[/bold] wrote: You are wrong, £200, which is gladly appreciated with the price of gas and electricity, these days.[/p][/quote]Hey you. That's £200 each what more do you want the shirt off our backs 2 for 5p
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11:56pm Sat 26 Jan 13

lmhjones says...

i assume that 2 for 5p will never get old or need support.
i assume that 2 for 5p will never get old or need support. lmhjones
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8:43am Sun 27 Jan 13

hasslem hasslem says...

2 for 5p wrote:
Excuse me but don't pensioners get a cold weather payment yearly of about £450 or am I wrong.
What's that money being spent on, obviously not what its supposed to be.
you really are a bitter moaning whinge-bag.

it must be sad going through life so miserable.

when did you last think a positive thought?
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p[/bold] wrote: Excuse me but don't pensioners get a cold weather payment yearly of about £450 or am I wrong. What's that money being spent on, obviously not what its supposed to be.[/p][/quote]you really are a bitter moaning whinge-bag. it must be sad going through life so miserable. when did you last think a positive thought? hasslem hasslem
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10:24pm Sun 27 Jan 13

halfhearted says...

The next time 2 for 5 comments and theres an ounce of common sense in what he says I'll show my backside on the Town Hall steps.
For his information its £200 per couple or the same amount for a single pensioner.
If he wants to have a go let him have a rant at those onbenefits that far exceed those of pensioners who have paid into the system.
The next time 2 for 5 comments and theres an ounce of common sense in what he says I'll show my backside on the Town Hall steps. For his information its £200 per couple or the same amount for a single pensioner. If he wants to have a go let him have a rant at those onbenefits that far exceed those of pensioners who have paid into the system. halfhearted
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