New campaign to keep elderly warm hots up

MPM Big blanket campaign
MPM Big blanket campaign

A newly launched community-based campaign to help the elderly and vulnerable stay warm this winter is gaining momentum.

‘The Big Blanket Campaign: Milton Keynes’ was inspired by the Citizen’s front page story ‘Dying of the Cold’ which highlighted how a shocking 102 people died in the new city last winter as a direct result of being too cold.

Reader Christopher Rowles rallied his friends to do something about the issue.

He said: “Our aim is to collect as many blankets, jackets, coats, jumpers, space heaters, duvets, water bottles and winter supplies as possible through donations from the community in order to help the elderly and vulnerable stay warm and alive this winter.”

Christopher has asked the MK Community Foundation for assistance in identifying the most vulnerable in the community so that they can be helped directly.

The campaign’s Facebook page reached 145 likes in its first four hours of being active.

Having now surpassed 250 likes on Facebook, support for The Big Blanket Campaign is soaring.

The Facebook page has inspired and informed, encouraging people to get involved as volunteers.

The cause has eight collection volunteers so far, based in Bletchley, Fenny Stratford, Shenley Church End, Shenley Lodge, Oldbrook and Olney, with more volunteers coming forward as awareness of the campaign spreads across the social media platform.

Christopher added: “This campaign is really starting to grow, please visit https://www.facebook.com/BigBlanketCampaignMK or https://twitter.com/BlanketcampMK to get involved.”

Alternatively, interested volunteers can also emailbigblanketcampaignmk@gmail.com.