WRVS supports those in need during the cold winter weather

From: WRVS
Published: Tue Jan 19 2010

The severe winter weather has brought the best out in people as WRVS staff, volunteers and local people have pulled together to make sure the older people we help are safe, warm and well.

The snow and ice which has carpeted Britain since last week hasnt stopped WRVS from getting vital meals out to older people, helping with shopping and supplies, and ensuring older people can keep hospital and other urgent appointments.

Amongst the travel chaos, closed schools and dangerous conditions there have been countless stories of people helping each other out of difficulties and making the best of the situation. For example, in Gloucestershire, Brighton, Berkshire, Shropshire and other parts of the country, 4x4 vehicles loaned by local people have kept meals deliveries on the road. In Yorkshire, a group of builders set down tools and helped us get meals out to older people.

WRVS chief executive, Lynne Berry, said: "I want to say a big thank you to everyone whos helped keep WRVS services working for older people across Britain. Im immensely proud of the strength and dedication of our volunteers and staff and their determination to find a way to continue to provide a service. Whatever the lessons we can all learn about preparing better for severe winters in future, we know from this experience that in such times of adversity, communities show real strength coming together to cope and to support each other whatever the situation."

And the WRVS response to the severe weather hasnt gone unnoticed, local and national media have been out covering our efforts to keep our services going. Many of our staff and volunteers have told their story about how weve battled the elements including Wendy Brown from Fleet in Hampshire, who was joined by BBC2s Newsnight on her rounds on Thursday 7 January.

With weather forecasters predicting one of the coldest winters on record, and more severe weather possible later this month and into February, WRVS has launched an Emergency Severe Weather Appeal to raise money to fund the extra costs well have to cover in continuing to reach older people with meals, transport, other help and emergency support during a prolonged spell of severe weather. Director of fundraising, marketing and communication told listeners of BBC Radio 5 Live on Saturday 9 January about why this emergency appeal was so important.

For more information on keeping warm and well during the severe weather see our top tips and links to other advice.

If you are a journalist and would like to know more about how WRVS has responded to the bout of severe winter weather contact Saadia Usmani on 07714 898556 or visit http://www.wrvs.org.uk.
Company: WRVS
Contact Name: Saadia Usmani
Contact Email: saadia.usmani@wrvs.org.uk
Contact Phone: 07714 898556

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