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Appeal to stop Bromley's elderly from dying this winter

PUBLISHED: 10:40 10 November 2011

A staggering 200 people die each winter in Bromley because of cold related illnesses

A staggering 200 people die each winter in Bromley because of cold related illnesses

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An appeal asking people who can live without their winter fuel payment to donate theirs to people more in need is due to be launched today.

In Bromley alone, around 200 people die each winter from illnesses caused by the cold.

More than 11,000 households are in fuel poverty, spending a disproportionate amount of their income to heat their homes.

The appeal is being organised by Bromley Community Fund, which is an initiative of national charity The Capital Community Foundation.

It was launched to support small charities and community groups throughout our borough.

Chairman of Bromley Community Fund, Richard Lane, said: “Surviving Winter is an appeal to encourage people to donate their unwanted winter fuel payments to support those in much greater need.

“One of the huge issues in Bromley now is the growing population of older people coupled with increasingly stretched statutory services.

“Our small voluntary groups are there to make sure nobody is left alone and isolated at winter. They are often the first to notice when somebody is in real trouble and can act quickly to help them.”

Residents who are automatically paid their fuel allowance by the Government but who can afford to forego it are asked to donate to the appeal.

It will support organisations such as Biggin Hill Community Care Association, who run a day centre, shopping service and coffee mornings for vulnerable older people in the area.

London Assembly Member for Bromley and Bexley James Cleverly said: “This is exactly the kind of personal philanthropy which should be encouraged.

“I applaud people who support local residents more needy than themselves and I hope that this will not only help the less well-off but also bring communities together.”

To donate to the appeal visit www.capitalcf.org.uk/bromley

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