Gary, who played over 600 times for us between 1982-1999 and lifted the FA Cup in 1991, helped launched the campaign this week.
Keep Warm, Stay Well is a scheme that offers support to vulnerable residents who are struggling with the cold or with paying their fuel bills.
Hertfordshire County Council has teamed up with all 10 district councils, the NHS and key voluntary organisations to help those at risk from cold-related illness, such as young children, older people and those with long term health conditions. Current figures for the county indicate that there are approximately 530 additional deaths during winter. Most of these are avoidable.
To address this, at risk residents could be offered a range of free support that includes insulation and draught-proofing, emergency heaters and advice on making their home more energy efficient.
There’s also advice on paying bills, including entitlement to grants and benefits that could help.
Last year more than 10,000 residents were helped by the scheme, with 9,250 people offered energy saving advice, 1004 received home energy visits, 120 households supplied with emergency heaters, 555 households referred for draught-proofing and 379 emergency grants totalling over £55,000 were made to those in need. Anyone worried about keeping warm and well can contact HertsHelp for information and advice on 0300 123 4044.
A warm home in the colder months is crucial and can help prevent illnesses. Those with long term health conditions, such as severe asthma or a chest or heart complaint, face the additional risk of having a stroke or heart attack in cold conditions. The World Health Organisation recommends that older people, very young children and those in poor health should heat their living room to 21°c during the day and their bedroom to 18°c at night. It’s also advisable to wear multiple layers inside and out and try and remain active, as even light exercise, such as getting up and moving around, will help keep you warm and your blood circulating.
For more information about this vital project, visit www.hertsdirect.org/keepwarm where you can see a short promotional ‘app’ narrated by 'Mabbsy', himself a Hertfordshire resident.
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