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Author: Age Cymru
Published on 23 April 2015 08:00 AM

Wales & West Utilities is sponsoring Age Cymru’s HandyVan service for 12 months and providing carbon monoxide detectors to distribute to HandyVan clients. 

Our HandyVan service helps older people in Cardiff and Penarth by making their homes safer and secureby carrying out small household repairs and odd jobs such as installing carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms.

We are launching this partnership on 23 April at Splott Market in Cardiff during Business in the Community’s Responsible Business Week.

Wales & West Utilities’ Corporate Affairs Manager, Jaime Falarczyk says:

“We are delighted to be sponsoring Age Cymru’s HandyVan service.

"Wales & West Utilities and Age Cymru share the same goals of wanting to help keep vulnerable older people safe in their homes, so this partnership makes real sense for us to combine forces with a common aim.

“Through Age Cymru’s HandyVan service, we will be helping to educate older people about gas safety and the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning.

"Carbon monoxide is known as ‘The silent killer’ - you can’t see, smell or taste it and it kills 40 people a year across the UK, injuring thousands more.

“It is released by household appliances such as oil and gas boilers or log burners that haven’t been installed properly or are poorly maintained, or flues, chimneys or vents that are blocked.

“This partnership will help us to keep more gas customers in Cardiff and Penarth safe from the dangers of CO poisoning.”

Age Cymru’s Chief Executive, Ian Thomas says:

“We’re very glad to have Wales & West Utilities’ support for HandyVan.

“We’re also very happy to be working with a company that shares the same values and goals as Age Cymru to improve the lives of older people in Cardiff and Penarth.”

For more information: Call Age Cymru Advice: 08000 223 444