Campaign to help the vulnerable this winter

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Vulnerable people in Fenland are being urged to get ready for winter.

Cambridgeshire County Council and other organisations have joined forces on a campaign targetted at pensioners, pregnant women and parents of children under the age of five.

Around 180 extra deaths occur every year in Cambridgeshire due to the cold weather.

Information packs are available to people who are eligible and receive a free flu jab, plus there are opportunities to apply for fuel grants.

Useful tips include heating the home to a miniumum of 18c and ensuring you are appropriately dressed. Information is available for energy efficiency and heating grants.

People are advised to have plenty of fluids and to get a flu jab. They need to wrap up warm and take care on slippery surfaces.

People are also urged to look out for an older or vulnerable neighbour or relative.

Public health consultant Val Thomas said: “Cold weather can be dangerous to our health and we shouldn’t take it lightly. These simple tips can help you keep warm and keep well this winter.

“We’re also calling on people to look out for vulnerable relatives, friends and neighbours. Your help can make a difference, even if it is just seeing if they are okay, or having a cup of tea with them.”

For further local information on staying warm and well this winter, including grants call 0345 650 0280.