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A CAMPAIGN to help vulnerable people keep warm during the winter has been launched.

Representatives from Portsmouth City Council were in Guildhall Square to promote its Keep Warm, Keep Well Campaign.

WRAPPED UP Nicki Ansell, Sue Tate and Lisa Mundy at the Keep Warm, Keep Well campaign

WRAPPED UP Nicki Ansell, Sue Tate and Lisa Mundy at the Keep Warm, Keep Well campaign

Along with leaflets full of information on how to stay wrapped up, the council set up stands to show how many people in Portsmouth could die due to cold-related illnesses.

Four washing lines had 300 scarves, hats and gloves to show the figure.

Lisa Mundy, senior manager of adult social care, said: ‘It is so important that people know what is available for them this winter.

‘With the energy companies announcing an increase, our campaign is now as important as ever.

‘We have been showing people the dangers of not staying warm and our simple display is quite thought-provoking.

‘Between 150 and 300 people will die from cold-related illnesses this winter and the scarves and hats show just how many people this is.

‘We want to give advice and help people in the city to make the right decisions when it comes to keeping warm because we know a lot of places in the city need our help.’

The campaign is aimed at older people in the community but that doesn’t mean the help isn’t there for everyone.

Sue Tate volunteers for the Motor Neurone Association and she heard about the campaign during one of its talks.

She said: ‘We had a community development officer, Nicki, come to one of our meetings and she mentioned the Keep Warm, Keep Well Campaign.

‘It’s so important to help people who need it especially with the recent increase in energy bills. The display with the scarves is extremely clever because it highlights the issue.

‘Sometimes, statistics don’t mean a lot to people but seeing it like this is quite shocking.’

This week SSE announced an eight per cent price rise, with other suppliers rumoured to also be planning hikes.

Along with the Keep Warm, Keep Well campaign, the council was promoting their Solent Green Deal.

This encourages residents to get their lofts insulated along with their wall cavities, to get their boilers checked and other ideas to keep the home energy-efficient.

FIVE WAYS TO KEEP THE COLD AT BAY...

PORTSMOUTH City Council has five top tips to help residents stay safe and keep warm this winter.

· Heat your home adequately - residents should heat just their lounge and bedroom if they cannot afford to heat the whole house.

· Eat Well - always ensure one hot meal a day is eaten.

· Get a Flu Jab - anyone over the age of 65 should speak to their GP about getting the flu jab.

· Seek Financial Advice - find groups who can give good advice.

· Look After Yourself and Others - wrap up warm and avoid going outside on icy or snowy days.