Call for folk to keep a look out for the elderly

A CHARITY is urging residents to keep a look out for the elderly as the winter weather is expected to take a turn colder this weekend.

The Royal Voluntary Service issued the plea earlier this week as the country braces itself for plunging temperatures, gale force winds, ice and more flooding.

Temperatures are forecast to drop to minus two this weekend though no snow is expected.

Last March, Hastings and St Leonards were plunged into chaos as persistent snowfall fell onto frozen roads and pathways. Some motorists were stranded outdoors for many hours in sub-zero temperatures.

The charity is urging the public to make sure their older friends, family and neighbours have everything they need to stay safe and well.

David McCullough, chief executive of the Royal Voluntary Service, said: “Severe weather can have a devastating effect on the health and safety of older people.

“So it’s vital that friends, family and neighbours check in on older people in their town and offer to help where they can. Simple things like making sure older people have enough food in the house and offering someone a lift to a doctor’s appointment or to the shops can make a huge difference during the inclement weather.”

RVS volunteers will continue to provide services in the area through the bad weather, as well as assisting the emergency services by offering refreshments and comfort to people affected by storms, floods and power cuts.

To find out more about how you can help older people visit or call 0845 600 5885.