Why we need your help
Every winter, Woking Lions Club appeals to the public to support Project Wenceslas, a campaign to help combat fuel poverty in Woking and local areas and we are running the scheme again this winter..
If you receive the annual Winter Fuel Payment and feel they do not need it, you are invited to donate the amount to Brighton Lions who can ensure that every penny will go towards helping people in the City to alleviate their fuel poverty.
Fuel poverty has increased mainly due to rising energy prices. Although excess winter deaths occur in both warm and cold houses, it is evident that there is a much higher risk of death in the latter. Deaths in the coldest houses are three times as high as in warmer ones. More people die from cold housing than die on the roads each year.
Excess winter deaths contribute to 1 in 20 deaths per year, and amount to an average of 30,000 additional deaths in winter. While the impact of fuel poverty in Brighton and Hove is slightly lower than England, it is higher than the South-East average. Excess winter deaths are slightly higher than both England and the South-East.
Anyone in fuel poverty can be affected, but most deaths occur among people aged 65 or over. In people with pre-existing conditions, those with cardiovascular or respiratory conditions are most at risk. The main causes of excess winter deaths are heart attacks and strokes caused by increased blood pressure from living in a cold home, as well as respiratory and breathing infections. The cold can lower the immune system's resistance to respiratory infections such as colds and pneumonia. Levels of ?u also increase during the winter. ln vulnerable groups, such as children, older people and those with existing long-term conditions, infections such as ?u and pneumonia can be life threatening. ln addition, the cold makes it harder to move around.
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