Bright bobbles spread message

Age UK Bobble Day knitting session at Harley Street, Todmorden, February 2011
Age UK Bobble Day knitting session at Harley Street, Todmorden, February 2011

A GROUP of clients from the Todmorden Age UK Centre for Calderdale and Kirklees in Harley Street are making bright orange bobbles in readiness for the launch of the Spread the Warmth campaign.

Bobble Day will be held on February 11 to help highlight that up to 250 older people die every day during the winter months as a result of the cold weather.

The campaign hopes to prevent thousands of older people suffering needlessly in the winter months and to reduce up to 30,000 preventable deaths in England and Wales due to adverse cold.

For many people it’s a struggle to keep their home warm enough to combat the cold weather and pay their heating bills.

Centre attendee Joyce Taylor said: “I’m fortunate to be able to live in a nice warm house so to be able to do something for people who don’t have the same standard of living is a good idea.”

Another Day Care Centre client Mary Hallam, who is 98 and the oldest of the craft group, said she was pleased to play her part in the campaign: “It’s good to do something useful and I enjoy coming to the centre to meet my friends.”

Centre manager Sally Darlington said how much the ladies enjoyed the activities and the warmth of friendship on offer at the centre.

“The ladies are delighted to support this worthwhile campaign, everyone can take part in making the bobbles, even our blind clients are creating these fun fund raisers,” she said.

The keen craftswomen spent the whole morning making the orange-coloured woollen bobbles to represent warmth and they cost just one pound each.

The bobbles will be on sale from tourist information centres and Age UK, or you can make a donation by texting BOBBLE to 73001.

By going to the Age UK campaign website www.spreadthewarmth.org.uk you can download instructions on how to make your own bobble.

All you need is some orange wool and a bit of card - and you could make extra ones and sell them to raise funds.