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Author: Age NI
Published on 24 December 2010 03:00 PM

Thanks to a significant number of donations received from the Northern Ireland public, Age NI has been able to provide advice and practical support to almost 250 older people who have been struggling to cope in the extreme weather conditions.

Anne O’Reilly, Age NI Chief Executive said, ‘Age NI operates a non-emergency Advice and Advocacy service but over this week, due to the record low temperatures, we have seen an upsurge in calls from older people in hardship who have been having trouble with everything from frozen pipes to lack of food and heating. As a result of donations from local business and individuals we have been able to assist those most in need. I want to thank donors for their warmth, generosity and true Christmas spirit in such exceptional circumstances and I am happy to say that all donations have now been distributed and gratefully received by those who need it most. Anyone who is experiencing difficulty over the festive period, please visit for an essential list of emergency contact numbers and websites including emergency services, housing, utilities, councils, and motoring in Northern Ireland.’

She added: ‘We advise everyone to look in on older friends, neighbours and relatives over Christmas and the New Year to ensure they are warm, healthy and in touch. It is up to each of us to make sure they can fully participate in their local communities especially during the cold weather when icy pavements and treacherous road conditions can lead to isolation and loneliness.’

It’s still possible to do your part to support older people this winter - instead of buying Christmas cards or presents, simply visit
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For more information: Call Age NI Advice: 0808 808 7575