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Community event on how to survive winter

Date: 08 November 2013

health through warmthA FREE event offering help and advice about keeping warm and staying healthy during the winter is being held in Liverpool.

The Winter Survival Community Event takes place at St George’s Hall on Tuesday 12 November (10am-3pm). It is part of a campaign aimed at reducing excess deaths during the winter months.

The event will include expert advice on a number of issues including dealing with fuel poverty and debt, energy efficiency, how to eat healthily and keep active.

There will be entertainment and demonstrations throughout the day including a guest appearance from radio celebrity Pete Price who will be joining Liveability to demonstrate some chair –based activities.

Live music will be provided by the Salty Old Sea Dogs; there will be a Tai Chi demonstration, ping pong sessions, Reiki healing session and free manicures provided by Liverpool Community College.

There will also be a free prize draw and a hot drink of arrival. Free bags of fruit will also be handed out while stocks last.

The event will be opened by the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Gary Millar. He said: “The Winter Survival campaign is very important in providing information and advice to help people keep warm and safe. Although we have seen the number of excess deaths reduced significantly in recent years there were still more than 100 last year.

“This event is a great opportunity to meet experts who can offer advice and information on a whole range of subjects from how to meet fuel bills to the best way to exercise. I hope that as many people as possible will take advantage of the event and come along to St George’s Hall.”

One of the main sponsors of the event is npower  whose Health Through Warmth ‘Hot Spot’ will be present.

npower Health Through Warmth helps people whose health is affected by cold living conditions by installing or replacing heating systems.  To be eligible, residents must have a long-term illness, a low income with little or no savings, and be unable to fully fund the measures required, such as a new boiler. You do not have to be, or become, an npower customer to benefit from the scheme.

Elaine Midwinter, npower Health Through Warmth scheme manager, said: “With the winter weather already starting to hit parts of the city, now is the ideal time to get all the information you need to ensure your home is fully prepared for low temperatures, as during the winter months your health is at greater risk from the cold”.