Webber Independent Launches Donate a Blanket Campaign
With the prospect of rising energy bills and further cuts in Winter Fuel Payment assistance, predictions of a cold, snowy winter come as a double dose of bad news for elderly residents. Now, these two organisations are working together to encourage Milton Keynes’ community to help by donating one blanket each.
Mervyn Kohler, Age UK spokesman said: “The cost of heating is a burning issue across Britain. Many people, especially OAPs face a stark choice between heating and eating this winter. The ‘Donate a Blanket’ campaign is a great initiative and we are confident it will raise awareness within the local community.”
‘Donate a Blanket’ starts from Thursday 24th November and will continue throughout the winter and into the New Year. The blankets will be taken to sheltered homes within the local community and any additional blankets will be sold in Age UK shops.
The children and parents at The Webber Independent School will all bring in a blanket in the next week and textile lessons will see students hand-sew patchwork throws. Even staff at the school are bringing their crochet skills to help with the effort.
Sue Vig, Principal at The Webber Independent School said: “We are 100% committed to helping our local community and integrating our children with its residents. It was the children’s idea to help those in need and we are delighted to have partnered with Age UK to help at one of the most important times of the year.”
To donate a blanket, please visit reception at The Webber Independent School between the hours of 9am and 4pm. (Knitted blankets are welcome although wont be sold in the shops.)