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What’s big, round, orange and furry?

Nell McAndrew, Penny Smith and June Whitfield back Age UK’s Bobble Day on Friday 11 February 2011.

Celebrities are lining up to back the fluffiest, brightest and newest awareness day in town – Age UK’s Bobble Day on Friday 11 February. The Charity is calling on people of all ages to buy and wear a bright orange bobble for the day, or even dress entirely in orange!

Although taking part should be fun, the day will mark the shocking fact that during the winter over 250 older people die needlessly every day in the UK as a result of the cold. All funds raised will go towards Age UK’s Spread the Warmth campaign, helping over 350,000 older people live safer, healthier, more fulfilling lives this winter.

People can get their hands on the limited edition fluffy orange delights for a suggested donation of just £1 when they hit Age UK shops on high streets across the country from mid-January. And those who miss out on buying the bobble itself needn’t panic – they can make their own using Age UK instructions available at www.spreadthewarmth.org.uk/bobbleday, or simply wear something orange in their outfit for the day at work or school and make a donation to Age UK.

Penny Smith, TV presenter and Age UK Ambassador, said: 'I’m very excited to be showing off my new accessory! Each time I wear my bobble I know that I’m remembering the 250 older people that die needlessly every day in winter due to the cold, and I’d urge everyone to buy or make a bobble or wear something orange in your outfit on 11th February.'

Spread the Warmth

Bobble Day is part of Age UK’s Spread the Warmth campaign. Too many older people are suffering and dying needlessly in winter due to lack of warmth, so Age UK created Spread the Warmth to help tackle the issue. The Charity and its local and national partners are making winter warmer by providing information, advice and practical services to help older people keep warm and well in the colder winter months. Our partners offer a variety of services to help with heating, health and human contact including things like helping to claim benefits, getting warm and nutritious meals to older people, and helping to keep homes warm.

Paul Farthing, Fundraising Director at Age UK, said: 'In this day and age in the UK it is unacceptable that 250 people in later life die needlessly each day in winter because of the cold – but with your help we can work to change this. There are some simple and practical ways to tackle the tragedy happening every winter on our doorsteps, and your generosity will help to fund these.

'Join us for Bobble Day on 11th February by wearing something orange like one of our limited edition bobbles and making a donation to Age UK – you will be helping those who are suffering needlessly and will be raising awareness of the issue so that more people take action to break the ice for older people this winter.'

For free information and advice, call Age UK Advice on 0800 169 65 65, where you can also find details of your nearest Age UK and order a free copy of ‘Winter Wrapped Up’ – a guide sponsored by British Gas. Alternatively you can visit www.spreadthewarmth.org.uk.

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