Knitters help elderly people in fuel poverty

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A group of knitters in Burton are doing their bit to help elderly people in fuel poverty.

Each winter Age UK appeals for donations and help from the public to ensure that older people in communities around the country do not suffer during the cold weather.

This is made increasingly hard for many who struggle to pay the rising costs of energy bills, meaning many go without heating even through the coldest months.

The Autumn Days group, based at the Winshill Methodist Church Hall in Burton is a community club for ladies over 50, many of whom are keen knitters, Burton Mail reports.

Over the past few months the group have been knitting blankets to help elderly people in the community who are struggling with fuel poverty and was visited this week by Age UK, which collected the blankets.

Chairman of the committee at the group, Celia Zaman told the newspaper that all the members had been working really hard.

She said: "We made 13 blankets in all - last September the ladies said they wanted to do something in the evenings while watching television and I asked them to start knitting squares.

"One lady at the group, Bridget, did about four blankets on her own. They worked really hard and Age UK was very happy to receive them."

The group is no stranger to charity work and over Christmas the 30-strong club managed to raise an impressive £177 for the Midlands Air Ambulance by giving money to this cause rather than spending it on Christmas cards.

Ms Zaman went on to say that everyone enjoys lending a hand to those less fortunate, especially when the charities are close to their hearts.

"The ladies are very keen to help causes like the air ambulance and issues like fuel poverty as they are causes that can affect them and their loved ones."

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