Friday 8th Feb is Bobble Day

 

Age UK Milton Keynes to help warm up Britain

for Age UK’s Bobble Day on Friday 8 February 2013

Age UK Milton Keynes is encouraging everyone in the area to join in and help warm up Britain for Age UK’s Bobble Day on Friday 8 February 2013. People across the country will be getting involved in this annual fundraising extravaganza, raising money to help make winter warmer for older people who are suffering needlessly at this time of year.

There are plenty of ways to take part in Age UK’s Bobble Day – just do something warming! From digging out long-forgotten woolly jumpers and wearing them to work, to holding a tea morning or wrapping up for a bracing winter walk – people simply need to get involved, make a donation and ask others to support them too. And of course everyone can buy a fluffy bobbles for a suggested donation of £1 from any of Age UK Milton Keynes’ shops to brighten up any outfit on the day!


Jane Palmer, Chief Executive of Age UK Milton Keynes, said: “Taking part in Bobble Day is simple and fun. Whether people organise their own winter warming activity or just buy a bobble, everyone will be helping to raise vital funds for people in later life. We want to encourage as many people as possible in Milton Keynes to get involved and help us to warm up Britain this winter.”

Paul Farthing, Fundraising Director at Age UK, said: “Bobble Day is a great way to have fun, but there is a serious issue at its heart; this winter as many as 25,000 older people could die needlessly because of the cold. That’s around 200 preventable deaths a day[1]. February is often one of the coldest months of the year and many older people will be suffering. By getting involved in Bobble Day people in Milton Keynes can help us combat the problems that too many older people face in winter.”

Money raised from Bobble Day 2013 will go towards Age UK’s Spread the Warmth campaign. Age UK and its local and national partners are working to keep older people warm and well. Age UK is providing social activities and contact for older people, as well as tips on combating the cold at home and outdoors. The Charity is keeping people warm and safe at home, giving out hot nutritious meals and offering information and advice 365 days a year. Age UK is also calling on the Government to boost the energy efficiency of older people’s homes. Act now to Spread the Warmth and help hundreds of thousands of older people.

Older people and their families can call Age UK Advice for free on 0800 169 65 65, where they can also order a free copy of ‘Winter wrapped up’ with a free thermometer.  Or they can visit www.spreadthewarmth.org.uk to download the guide, get more information about the Spread the Warmth campaign and find out where their local Age UK office or shop is. There are lots of ways to help Age UK Spread the Warmth this winter. People can make a donation simply by calling 0800 169 87 87 or visiting www.spreadthewarmth.org.uk.

Visit www.ageuk.org.uk/bobbleday or call 020 3033 1725 for a fundraising pack and to find out more about what’s happening on Bobble Day in Milton Keynes. People can share details and pictures of their warming antics on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ageuk) or on Twitter, using #BobbleDay.


[1] Estimates based on five and ten-year averages of excess winter mortality for people aged 65 or over, ONS Excess Winter Mortality statistics 2001-11