Muslim Aid presented £20,000 to Age UK and £10,000 to Age Concern Tower Hamlets, raised after launching its Winter Campaign in December 2010 to support the elderly in the UK during winter.
At a meeting at Age UK’s Headquarters in London on 2 February 2010, the Muslim Aid Chairman, Sir Iqbal Sacranie said: “This grant signifies a long-term commitment in supporting the elderly throughout the winter. Age UK and Age Concern Tower Hamlets are doing a commendable job in keeping the interests of the elderly on top of their agenda especially as around 3.5 million elderly people are living in fuel poverty this winter.”
The CEO further added: “We are extremely grateful to our donors whose contributions will go towards keeping the elderly safe and warm from the freezing weather. We are still urging the community to remember their civic responsibility and check on the elderly, see if they need help with the shopping, and have enough food and medicines to get them through the winter months.”
Helen Pert , Head of Grants and Philanthropy Age UK stated the following: “Age UK is extremely grateful to Muslim Aid for awarding £20,000 towards our January Fund. This grant will go a long way to helping people in later life to cope with the difficulties experienced over the winter period. It will enable us to provide a range of practical support to older people such as help with energy bills, additional home visits and the provision of warm clothes, heaters and blankets to those who are most in need. We rely on the support of organisations such as Muslim Aid to enable us to provide this essential service”.
Age Concern Tower Hamlets will be helping local residents in the Tower Hamlets area and are an established partner of Muslim Aid having worked together on the ‘Handyperson’ project, a service which helps the elderly with household maintenance. Coordinator, Dave Monaghan from Age Concern said: 'Older, vulnerable people can be susceptible to health problems arising from inadequate heating and a poorly insulated home environment. This support from Muslim Aid allows us to provide practical assistance and equipment to help those most at risk this winter.”
A staggering 30,000 elderly people die over the winter months annually, due to cold related causes. As large numbers of people have been seriously affected by the cold weather visiting Britain in the past months, Muslim Aid’s Winter Campaign will support the elderly through its partnership with Age UK through the distribution of blankets, warm clothes, heaters and a small contribution to Age UK to help pensioners pay for their rising heating bills.
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