A charity in Cumbria is urging the public to help keep older neighbours warm in the winter months.
Cumbria Community Foundation has created an image of 300 pairs of slippers, on Surprise View near Keswick, to represent the amount of lives lost during winter months in the county.
Figures show that the total of 300 lives lost is simply an average, with numbers rising to more than 500 in the coldest winters.
The image comes as part of Cumbria Community Foundation's Winter Warmth Appeal, which was set up in 2010.
It has since raised more than £600,000 to prevent the elderly becoming ill or even dying because of the cold.
The charity’s chief executive says many people don't realise the severity of the issue:
In West Cumbria, a 74-year-old man described the grant as meaning he didn’t have to wear his overcoat in the house to keep warm, he said:
What can help you to keep warm this winter?
- Wear several thin layers to help trap warm air close to the body
- Wear clothes made from wool, cotton or fleecy fabrics
- Cut out draughts and stop heat escaping by drawing curtains
- Keep windows and doors closed – this will keep heat inside
- Keep moving, even doing chair based activities like wiggling your toes
- Make sure you have a flu jab
- Have your heating system serviced regularly
- Fit thermal linings to curtains to help to keep the heat in
As part of raising awareness and money, the charity holds The Big Sleep event where fundraisers give up their warm clothes for a night out in the cold. You can find out more about it by watching the video below.
To find out more information about the Winter Warmth Appeal visit https://www.cumbriafoundation.org/winter-warmth-fund/