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Warmer Together – help bring winter cheer to H&F’s older residents

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Image captionPhoto 1: Special Christmas lunch at the Fulham Lunch Club, run by local befriending charity Fulham Good Neighbours

Winter can be a difficult time of year for some of our older neighbours, so local charitable foundation UNITED in Hammersmith & Fulham (now has launched a new campaign to help bring them some winter cheer.

The ‘Warmer Together’ campaign, supported by H&F Council, is about bringing together local residents and businesses to support projects that help to combat loneliness, get older people active or help ensure they are eating well.

See all the pictures from the launch event on our Flickr photo gallery

The campaign is inviting the whole community to get involved, but is particularly focusing on people who receive the winter fuel allowance and may not need it. Every resident over the age of 65 receives a ‘Winter Fuel Allowance’ to help with the extra costs of heating their homes during the winter. Although this is a vital lifeline for some, there are many older people who may not need the allowance. Warmer Together is inviting those people to donate part, or all, of their allowance to the campaign.

“We have a great community spirit in our borough,” said Cllr Sue Fennimore, Deputy Leader of H&F Council. “This campaign is a wonderful way to bring people together to support our neighbours. Every penny raised will go towards local community projects that help older residents.”

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Image caption: Photo 2: Cllr Ben Coleman (right) meets a resident at the special Christmas lunch

Christmas spirit

Warmer Together was launched at a special Christmas lunch at the Fulham Lunch Club, run by local befriending charity Fulham Good Neighbours, the first recipient of a Warmer Together grant.

“This Christmas we are grateful to UNITED in H&F for their support which means we can offer a delicious festive lunch to our guests,” said Krzystof Mikata-Pralat, Director of Fulham Good Neighbours. “The Warmer Together campaign will enable more older people to be supported and make new friends, not just at Christmas, but throughout the year.”

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Image caption: Photo 3: From left to right: Cllr Ben Coleman, Julian Hillman, Kevin McGrath OBE, Tim Hughes, Mike Smith, Sue O'Neill and Cllr Sue Fennimore

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