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Spread the Warmth

Each winter one person dies needlessly every seven minutes

Last winter Mavis' house was freezing. The only place she could keep warm was in bed. Age UK helped her get warm again.

Watch Mavis' story

Why do we need to spread the warmth?

1.7 million older people in the UK can’t afford to heat their homes, and over a third (36%) say they live mainly in one room to save money.

Find out how you can help us change lives for the better this winter

The magic numbers

21° and 18° - the magic numbers for staying warm this winter. Your living room should be kept at 21° and your bedroom at 18°.

Get more winter advice

Winter health tips

As you get older it takes longer to warm up which can be bad for your health. Ensure you're prepared for winter with our handy tips for eating well and keeping warm.

Heating your home

The recommended temperature for your main living room is around 70°F/21°C. If you feel cold, turn the heat up regardless of what the thermometer reads.

Financial help

Worried about the cost of heating your home? You could be eligible for benefits or grants to help you or someone you know stay warm this winter.

'I feel so much safer now'

When Ethel's boiler broke down, Age UK came to her rescue with emergency heating and the reassurance she wasn't alone

Read how Age UK helped Ethel

The Big Knit

innocent smoothie with knitted hat

Knit a little hat to go on top of an innocent smoothie and raise money for Age UK.

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