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Assisting vulnerable people to beat the cold snap

19 December 2018

People across the capital are to be provided with radiators to keep warm as falling temperatures descend upon the country.

The Stay Warm Stay Safe initiative is part of the Royal Borough of Greenwich’s Live Well Greenwich campaign, delivered by Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) for the over 60s and residents with learning difficulties, physical impairments and mental health issues.

A lorry load of oil-filled electric radiators will be dispatched to those who need them most and are struggling to afford their heating, not only in Greenwich, but also across Southwark, Bromley and Bexley.

The heaters are being provided by Andrews Heat for Hire, a business whose roots lie south of the city. Andrews have two pallets of radiators on standby and these are ready to be sent out at a moment’s notice.

The specialist hire company have been working with CACT for a number of years and were keen to get involved in this initiative when it was brought to their attention.

South regional director Mark Page said: “We understand that this time of year can be particularly difficult for a significant demographic of society and so it’s only right that we can play our part in improving people’s situations.

‘’As our relationship expands, we have started to work together to provide extra services and support for Royal Greenwich residents, who are at risk of being affected by the cold weather over the winter months.

“We’re glad that our units will provide warmth and safety to many people this winter and are proud to support a campaign that does so much for the local community.

“By getting on board and working with the Trust, we are able to make a big difference to many lives and offer an important but basic amenity that is often taken for granted.

‘’We see this very much as a long-term project in terms of our involvement and look forward to improving the welfare of a large number of people across the borough and beyond.”

Council chiefs have estimated that as many as 100 local people could benefit, with the first units already in the process of being distributed. Deb Browne,

CACT’s Head of Health Improvement, said: ‘’This is a great opportunity for us because the heaters Andrews are providing enable us to help people further afield than just Greenwich. ‘’For example, one of these heaters is going to a lady in Southwark today because it’s a perfect fit for her.

‘’The Stay Warm Stay Safe campaign runs between October and March and helps people who have to spend more than ten per cent of their income on energy such as heating and lights.

‘’We also help with carers who look after people who are over 60 and disabled. We also check people’s homes and the temperature.

‘’We basically go out onto the streets of the five boroughs and ask people if they need support’’.

Browne added that, for some residents, a warm pack could be enough. Containing soup, blankets, thermometers, hats and gloves, these packs are handed out to people who are unable to afford to crank up their heating as much as they would like.

CACT is commissioned by the Royal Borough of Greenwich’s Public Health and Wellbeing department to deliver a whole range of services in the Borough and have been doing so for 12 years.

The charity is also involved in everything from programmes which help people to be active to mental health projects and crime reduction initiatives.

Andrews Heat for Hire are happy to be providing safe and energy efficient heating units to underprivileged people on their doorstep and are already looking at other ways in which they can support the scheme going forward.

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