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Elderly homeowners in Kent to receive support this winter

Kent's older residents are due to receive energy-efficient home improvements such as thermal insulation following a recent round of government funding.

More than £20,000 has been given to the Kent Community Foundation's (KCF's) Surviving Winter campaign from the Warm Homes Healthy People fund, in order to support vulnerable consumers living in Kent and Medway during the colder months.

This is after Colin Thompson, public health specialist of NHS Kent and Medway, provided £20,000 of 'match money' from the local authority's cash pot, while Medway Council has also made a donation.

Carol Lynch, chief executive officer of KCF, expressed her delight at the funding, stating that all the money will go towards supporting elderly people in need this winter.

"We very much hope to encourage even more generous donors in Kent and Medway to step forward, as their money will then be worth twice as much," she continued.

Last year, the KCF ran the Surviving Winter appeal locally - in partnership with the newspaper Kent on Sunday - and managed to raise more than £16,000 from individuals living in the area.

To help boost awareness of this year's scheme, the organisation has published some of its success stories from the 2011 initiative.

One of the projects to have received a share of the Surviving Winter fund was Two's Company, a service that sent volunteers round to the residences of elderly people to befriend them and stop them from feeling isolated.

The body was able to visit one 92-year-old gentleman - who had lost his wife - almost every week and made sure he was given adequate emotional and practical support.

Furthermore, an elderly couple aged 86 and 89 who were unable to have cavity wall insulation fitted in their old-fashioned property were given a grant of £200 to pay for the cost of domestic heating oil.

Every pound donated to the Surviving Winter Appeal goes towards fitting the homes of older individuals with heating upgrades and helps them to eat well and remain mobile.

Posted by Simon Webster