WARMTH SCHEME RAISES AWARENESS IN GLOUCESTERSHIRE OF LINK BETWEEN COLD HOMES AND Ill HEALTH

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By HannahPries | Wednesday, February 05, 2014, 14:55

With a month of freezing temperatures predicted*, a local warmth scheme, which helps vulnerable people in Gloucestershire with heating and insulation measures, is raising awareness of the link between cold homes and ill health.

Cold temperatures can have a detrimental effect on health, for example increasing the risk of chest infections and circulatory problems. With this in mind, npower Health Through Warmth is working with local organisations in Gloucestershire to remind people that help may be available.

Elaine Midwinter, npower Health Through Warmth scheme manager, comments: "This winter has been relatively mild so far and, for many of us, it is not until we experience a cold snap and need to use our heating systems more that they tend to break down.  

"However, with freezing temperatures predicted throughout February, we'd like to remind everyone that Health Through Warmth is here to help vulnerable people if they don't have heating or if it's broken down."  

To help prevent your health being affected by the cold, you should make sure the rooms in your house are kept warm. The recommended temperatures are 21°C for the living room and 18°C for the bedroom, but can be higher depending on personal preference, your age and level of mobility.

Help from npower Health Through Warmth may be available to vulnerable homeowners who have a long term, cold-related illness, a low income with little or no savings and who are unable to fully fund measures, such as a new boiler or heating system. You do not have to be, or become, an npower customer to benefit from the scheme.

Since the scheme was founded in 2000, more than 82,000 vulnerable residents in England and Wales have been referred to npower Health Through Warmth for aid with heating and insulation.  More than £66million has been levered to help fund the work required, which includes £1.9million from charitable organisations.  In addition, over £8.9million has been contributed from the unique npower Health Through Warmth Crisis Fund.

For more information about Health Through Warmth, or to find out if you or someone you know could be eligible for help, visit www.healththroughwarmth.com.

* http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/uk-weather-ice-snow-hit-3068512

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