LETTER: Look out for elderly in cold

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Government statistics this week said more than 40,000 elderly people died in the UK last year from cold-related diseases. We must look after our elderly people, our mums and dads and grandparents. They looked after us while we were young, fed us, kept us warm and safe and comforted and listened to us in times of trouble. They depend on support now they have reached their age of dependency and vulnerability. Austerity and cutbacks mean many elderly do without food or warmth and light to save bills, Many are on their own and isolated. At this time, please be aware of your neighbours and elderly members of your family. No one likes interference or just anyone coming into one’s home but if neighbours and families could adopt an elderly person and invite them into their home for a bit of food and telly and chat that could make all the difference.

June Knight

Southwater Road, St Leonards

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