Appeal to help older people struggling this winter

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Friends of the Elderly launches 2023 Winter Appeal

Please donate anything you can spare today via fote.org.uk/winterappeal23 to help people like Josie stay warm this winter
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With recent figures showing that 2.1 million pensioners in the UK live in relative poverty1charity Friends of the Elderly is supporting older people this winter by paying for grants for essentials such as winter clothing, warm bedding, food and heating bills.

The charity has launched its 2023 Winter Appeal to raise money to help alleviate some of the numerous challenges that older people face this winter. Many will reach crisis point in the cold, isolating months ahead and will have nowhere else to turn.

The grants have already helped 71-year-old Josie*, who told us: “Without the help and assistance from Friends of the Elderly I would have gone under. I had nothing from month to month. For some people it has become heat or eat, and I would have been the same without your help.”

When Josie’s mum was diagnosed with dementia, she had to cash in her small pensions from a life of working to pay for care, leaving her with very little for her own retirement. Her home has had multiple issues, ranging from leaks to a broken boiler and growing internal mould, and she has struggled to pay for the repairs she desperately needs to stay warm and healthy. Josie explained: “When it was freezing cold last December,

the boiler broke. I have it serviced every year and there has never been a problem. One morning during this cold period, the outer pipe froze. When the boiler turned on that morning, I heard two large booms, and the following day it didn’t come on at all. It was expensive, but I had to call someone out to look at the boiler and he said that a part needed to be replaced.”

The charity was able to help Josie with a grant of £400 to help pay to repair her boiler and cover the increased cost in the bills she incurred.

Josie continued: “You are a lifeline; I have no other family to ask for help. I don’t