How you can help older people survive winter

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Ms Hui from BACWG said she was very thankful for the £2,000 grant from Quartet. “It makes sure we help our elderly to stay warm and healthy in winter and avoid unnecessary admissions to hospital,” she said.

Appeal launched as data reveals 810 avoidable winter deaths in 2017/2018 

Local people are being asked to help as new data shows that hundreds of local people died in the winter months of 2017/2018.

Quartet Community Foundation are asking those who can afford it to donate their Winter Fuel Payment, or other contribution, to their Surviving Winter Appeal to help older vulnerable people get through winter.

Sue Turner, Chief Executive of Quartet Community Foundation said: “It’s heart-warming to see how people respond every winter to support the appeal and help spread some cheer during the cold winter months.

“Already this winter local people have donated to the appeal to help elderly and vulnerable people who are faced with choosing between paying the bills and putting food on the table, and those who are socially isolated.

“Since 2011 we’ve awarded £185,000 to 79 local groups supporting elderly and vulnerable local people. We couldn’t do this without the amazing generosity of people across the region.”

The ONS comes up with the Excess Winter Deaths figure by comparing the number of additional deaths between December and March to the rest of the year.

The figures show that there were 5,170 excess winter deaths in the whole south west in 2017/2018, compared with 3,120 in 2016/2017. The provisional figures for 2018/2019 are looking lower, at 2400 excess winter deaths in the south west.

The figures for the winter of 2017/2018 are now available at local authority level and show that in Bristol 290 more people died during the cold winter months than during the autumn and spring quarters. In Bath & North East Somerset 110 more people died during the cold winter months than during the autumn and spring quarters. In North Somerset 200 more people died during the cold winter months than during the autumn and spring quarters. In South Gloucestershire 210 more people died during the cold winter months than during the autumn and spring quarters. In total 810 more people in the West of England died during the cold winter months than during the autumn and spring quarters.

Helping older people stay warm and eat well in winter

Members of the Bristol and Avon Chinese Women’s Group (BACWG) are benefiting this winter thanks to one grant from the Surviving Winter Appeal. The grant is supporting their Healthy Winter Project.

BACWG’s founder Mrs Rosa Hui, MBE DL, explained how many of its service users are reluctant to seek help.

Ms Hui said she was very thankful for the £2,000 grant from Quartet.

“It makes sure we help our elderly to stay warm and healthy in winter and avoid unnecessary admissions to hospital,” she said.

Surviving Winter donations are helping older and vulnerable people in many ways including providing:

·         community transport over the winter months

·         grants that help people keep warm and eat well

·         exercise classes to help older people stay fit and social through winter.