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Thermal packs to be given out to OAPS in borough

SF warm up pensioners’ Xmas

By Gemma Burns

Pensioners and vulnerable people living in Newtownabbey will be able to beat the freeze this winter with new keep warm packs.

The pack, which has been funded by the Public Health Agency and the Council, contains a range of supplies including a cotton carrier bag, a thermos flask, a pair of magic gloves, a pair of thermal socks and a fleece blanket, thermal underwear and an energy folder with useful information. They will be handed out to 500 pensioners living across the borough in a bid to help them during the cold winter months.

The packs were the idea of local Sinn Féin councillor Gerry O’Reilly who enlisted the support of the council to begin the initiative.

“I’m absolutely delighted that Newtownabbey Council have backed the pack initiative for older and vulnerable citizens,” he said.

“These thermal packs, costing £14 each, will make some small contribution to the health and warmth of vulnerable ratepayers in the council area during the winter freeze.

“I want to personally thank council colleagues for supporting this initiative, it’s a tangible example of the real leadership from the front that we were elected for last May.”

The council has enlisted the help of a number of community groups to distribute the packs.

“The next step is to ensure that the packs are distributed to those most in need on an equitable basis and we will be involving local charitable groups in that process,” he said.

“The 500 packs are Newtownabbey Council’s initial contribution to helping those in most need through this winter but all levels of government must play their full part during these harsh economic times.”



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