FREE packs to help older people stay warm have been handed out by Ellesmere Port and Neston MP Andrew Miller.

Age UK Cheshire has launched a campaign to give away free Winter Warmth packs to help older people in the area stay healthy.

To celebrate the launch, Mr Miller presented the first of the packs in Ellesmere Port on Friday. He presented it to an older constituent to celebrate the launch of the initiative and encourage people to request a pack.

Ken Clemens, CEO of Age UK Cheshire, said: “We are delighted to have received funding to distribute packs as part of Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council’s Warm Homes, Healthy People scheme, and we now want to reach as many people in need as possible.”

The Winter Warmth packs contain a fleecy blanket, thermal socks, a thermal cup, a hot water bottle, a thermal hot water bottle cover, a room thermometer, soup packets and an Age UK booklet entitled ‘Winter Wrapped Up’, with advice on keeping well during in cold weather.

The packs and cold alarms are available to collect from Age UK Cheshire’s information office at 4 Queen Street, Chester CH1 3LG.

For more information and advice, call 01244 401500.