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Surviving Winter provides the elderly with thermal insulation

Community groups in Yorkshire have been applying for thermal insulation through a cash injection of £75,000 provided by the Surviving Winter campaign.

Project leaders in the region are bidding for a share of the funding from the Leeds Community Foundation to help vulnerable elderly residents out of fuel poverty, the Yorkshire Evening Post reports.

Chief executive of the organisation Sally-Anne Greenfield stated a number of groups have been in contact to find out more information about the campaign.

She was quoted as saying: "We already know of projects that are going to apply for funding to provide blankets and thermal clothing and information about how to keep warm at Christmas."

The scheme - which last year helped around 9,000 people - issues grants of up to £2,500, while those in larger city areas can apply for as much as £5,000.

One community development worker Maureen Lillywhite used a £2,300 cash boost to transport vulnerable consumers to and from Kirkgate Market and gave them advice on thermal insulation.

Posted by Helen Hughes