Swap old blankets for new in Whittlesey

The golden age event in Doddington
The golden age event in Doddington

Another group of older people has the chance to exchange their old electric blankets for new ones at a Golden Age gathering in Whittlesey this month.

The event is at St Andrew’s Hall in Parkinson Lane on November 17 (10am – 1pm). It will also feature a stall promoting the recently launched Whittlesey Emergency Food Aid project.

The blanket exchange will be the fourth organised by Fenland District Council and the Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) this year. It follows successful events in Wisbech, Coates and Gorefield.

Anyone aged over 65 can take advantage of the offer. They are advised to turn up early as there is only a limited supply of the new blankets, which will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.

CFRS volunteers will also be giving general advice on fire safety but they will not be able to carry out checks on old blankets.

A wide range of other organisations serving older people will also be taking part.

Golden Age continues to grow. A record number of partners packed Doddington village hall for the recent GA Fair, which had 34 stands and attracted 115 visitors.

One couple will be £1,600 better off per annum as a result of benefits advice obtained from the Fenland Ferret on the day. The woman is the carer for her husband who has dementia; she was previously unaware that they qualified for a Council Tax reduction and housing benefit.

Local MP Stephen Barclay and Helen Johnston, Cambridgeshire County Council’s senior public health manager for older people, were among the visitors.

Ms Johnston praised the wide range of information and advice available. “It was great to see the number of organisations and services taking part, giving local residents the chance to explore opportunities to improve their health and wellbeing,” she said.

“I’m particularly struck by the fact that the Golden Age programme has already identified £782,000 worth of financial benefits that Fenland residents are eligible for, and I’m sure there are more local people who stand to gain from a personalised benefits check.”