130 DEATHS IN CALDERDALE LAST YEAR DUE TO THE COLD

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  • December 4, 2013

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Community Foundation for Calderdale is aiming to keep vulnerable people safe and well this winter. Having for the past two years run the local Surviving Winter & Warm Homes Health People campaigns they are once again back with two initiatives to support Calderdales vulnerable, over the winter months.

Cuts to the Warm Homes Healthy People funding prompted the Community Foundation to team up with ASDA Halifax to provide at least 150 Christmas dinners over the Christmas period to vulnerable older people and families who are struggling.

ASDA Community Life Champion Amanda Clegg says “We are honoured to be working with Community Foundation for Calderdale on this project, last winter we helped provide the food for over 700 food packs so we know the need is out there, hopefully the community will get behind the appeal and donate so we can help as many people as possible”616429_10151754733318406_1606018292_o

The Community Foundation are keen to encourage local people to support their Surviving Winter Campaign, SteveDuncan CEO of the Community Foundation stated that,

130 excess winter deaths were recorded in Calderdale over the winter period in 2012/13 – an increase of 22%. This figure is unacceptable; we must all take responsibility for looking after our vulnerable older people and I would urge people to donate to the Appeal, this will enable us to direct support to where it is most needed.”

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The figures published today in an Office of National Statistics report follow a bitterly cold start to the year. This March winter warmth man

“Winter 2012/13 was characterised by a milder than average December, followed by a prolonged period of lower than average temperatures,” the ONS report states.

“The number of deaths peaked in the first week of January, which coincided with a peak in rates of influenza-like illness over the Christmas weeks. The mean number of daily deaths was higher than average for a prolonged period between February and April 2013.”

Stephen Hammersley, Chief Executive of UK Community Foundations said:

“The figures released today by the ONS on excess winter deaths paint a worrying picture of the impact of fuel poverty in communities across the UK. Winter deaths are up more than a quarter from last year, the vast majority among older people.

“With energy price rises at an all-time high, and following cuts to the Government’s Warm Homes Healthy People initiative, this generation is facing difficult times. It’s vital that we all do more to help address the issues facing older and vulnerable people in the UK and more resources need to be available.

“We urge communities to donate to and support the Surviving Winter campaign, and help older people stay warm and well this winter, and remind them that they are not forgotten.”

You can donate to the appeal by visiting www.localgiving.com/cffc  (please add reference Surviving Winter) or by cheque to the Community Foundation for Calderdale, 1855 Building (First Floor), Discovery Road, Halifax, HX12NG (please mark the back of the cheque Surviving Winter

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