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Author: Age NI
Published on 03 February 2011 02:30 PM

St. Mary’s Primary School, Bellaghy donned their favourite hats to launch Age NI’s Wear a Hat Day on Friday 11 February.

Throughout February, schools across Northern Ireland are invited to take part in Wear a Hat Day to generate awareness of the challenges that some older people face during the cold winter months. Pupils will donate £1 each to accessorise their school uniform.

Mrs Fegan, teacher, said, ‘Although we are a small school, the response has been really positive! The children are looking forward to wearing their hats, something they're not normally allowed to do during school hours, in awareness of the issues that many older people face during the cold weather. We hope that by doing what seems like a small gesture will make a big difference to the lives of many vulnerable older people in our communities to stay warm in winter.’

Siobhan Casey, Director of Marketing, said, ‘Age NI is encouraging younger people to help spread the warmth and think about the challenges that many people in later life encounter. Almost two thirds of older people here are living in fuel poverty and over 83% of older people who live alone are unable to afford to heat their homes. This past winter has been particularly harrowing with many older people experiencing increased fuel bills and social isolation being cut off from family, friends or neighbours.’

She continued, ‘On Wear a Hat Day, pupils can also visit www.ageni.org/pledge and promise to do something kind for an older person like carrying their shopping or making a cup of tea. For each act of kindness promised, NIE Energy will donate £5 to Age NI’.

To organise Wear a Hat Day at school, visit www.ageni.org/school and download materials including an A4 poster, A5 flyer, an assembly introduction and assembly planners. For further information, contact the Age NI Fundraising Team on 028 9024 5729.

For more information: Call Age NI Advice: 0808 808 7575