Hats and scarves needed to make Yorkshire Coast ‘Warm Packs’
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Community organisations in Eastfield have come together to launch an appeal for hats and scarves as part of their efforts to create ‘Warm Packs’ for the area's most vulnerable people this winter.
The initiative is a collaborative effort under Operation Cracker involving the Filey and Eastfield Neighbourhood Policing Team, Carers Plus Yorkshire, Eastfield Community Association and This is the Coast.
Fiona Colling, from Carers Plus Yorkshire, said:
“We want to make sure that those who are most vulnerable have access to a Warm Pack.
“It is well documented that we lose a lot of our body temperature through our heads. We want to encourage people to layer up with hats and scarves.
“So, something that we want people to do is make donations of hats and scarves that they have lying around at home, or hats and scarves that they would like to knit to donate to the campaign.
“Then what we can do is create a Warm Pack which will include a flask so that we can give that to people to make sure they have got some tools to keep them warm this winter, just to try to take those worries away at a time that is really difficult.”
Operation Cracker was launched in December 2018 by the Filey and Eastfield Neighbourhood Policing Team as a combined initiative to help protect vulnerable people in Filey and Eastfield over the winter months.
Inspector Andy Short, of Filey and Eastfield Neighbourhood Policing Team, said:
“The festive season can be a difficult time of year for some people, particularly older residents who may have little or no family support. The change of weather can mean those with limited mobility can suffer even more, which can make them even more vulnerable.
“During Operation Cracker we’ll be visiting areas where there is a higher population of older people and making sure they are equipped with the right support to get them through what, for some, can be a tough time of year.
“My thanks go to our volunteers and partner agencies for their support and enthusiasm for this operation. Their assistance means we can visit a lot more people and help make their Christmas a safe and secure one.”
Donations of Hats and Scarves can be dropped off at the Legacy Community Centre in Eastfield between 10am-12noon on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Alternatively, Carers Plus Yorkshire can arrange to collect your donations.