13:44 Thursday 11 July 2013

Royal Voluntary Services urges people to check on their neighbours

Written byHELEN KREFT

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A CHARITY dedicated to helping older people is urging people in Burton and South Derbyshire to keep an eye on their neighbours during the heatwave.

Royal Voluntary Service volunteers continues to make sure older people who use services such as meals on wheels are staying well, but with families beginning to leave the country for summer holidays, the charity is encouraging people to make sure older people they know are coping with the heat.

David McCullough, Royal Voluntary Service chief executive, said: “While most of us are enjoying the sunshine, it can be easy to forget that a heatwave can affect some older people very badly.

“Simple steps, such as sipping on cold drinks rather than a usual cup of tea, and staying inside during the hottest part of the day, can make a big difference to staying healthy and happy during the heatwave.”

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