Elderly people in Hertfordshire receive donations of hats, gloves and blankets to keep warm this winter. The "Warm in Winter" bags are supplied by Small Acts of Kindness, a Hertfordshire-based charity dedicated to reducing the loneliness and isolation of older people.
Deliveries were made possible by volunteers who provided their time and donations, including from the CareTech Foundation.
Each year, Small Acts of Kindness gives away thousands of warm winter bags with blankets, hats, gloves, a mug, hot drinks, and soup to distribute throughout the winter. This year, the charity has received an additional donation of £ 2,500 from the CareTech Foundation, which provides an additional 100 bags.
To date, the program has helped 16,500 older people keep out cold in winter, and in many cases has enabled recipients to avoid the unimaginably difficult choice between eating and heating their homes. Demand for service has increased dramatically in recent years. In 2014, 50 bags were delivered to the elderly in Hertfordshire, and last year the organization distributed 6,500. Keeping warm in winter does not just mean comfort. Elderly people who are cold at home are more likely to have higher blood pressure, resulting in an increased risk of heart attacks, strokes and falls.
It is estimated that one in five elderly people spend each day without speaking to anyone, which means that up to 50,000 people live alone in Hertfordshire. Small Acts of Kindness was founded in 2014 to combat loneliness and isolation. The warm bags in the winter not only help the elderly in their homes do not freeze, but the program also sensitizes to the topic and the gifts offer the opportunity to build new social connections within the communities.
Lynne Misner, CEO of Small Acts of Kindness, said:
"We are delighted with these funds, which are directly helping older people in our community stay warm this winter. The Small Acts of Kindness team and trustees warmly thank the CareTech Foundation for their support of our work and for bringing the communities together with friendliness. "
Jonathan Freeman, CEO of the CareTech Foundation, said:
"It is a sad fact that at this time of the year, many of the most vulnerable people in society are winter cold and alone. It is therefore a privilege to contribute to tackling this problem by supporting Small Acts of Kindness, whose inspirational work is a role model for all of us. "