What we do

‘Dying to Keep Warm’ is a registered charity which provides emergency provisions to safeguard vulnerable people deemed at high risk of harm or death from the cold, fires, gas leaks and carbon monoxide poisoning.

  • We raise public awareness that Britain has one of the highest excess winter deaths rates in Europe with a 29% increase compared to the previous winter.
  • We highlight the statistical risks to older people. The fact that the Office of National statistics (ONS; 2013) estimate that of the 31,100 excess winter deaths in England and Wales in 2012/13, people 75 years old and over accounted for 25,600 of these deaths.
  • We raise awareness of the real risks for vulnerable people with Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease as being among the leading causes of excess winter deaths in 2011 with 4,110 excess winter deaths, 70 per cent higher than in 2009/10.
  • We highlight the fact that cold temperatures increase the risk of heart attacks, strokes, lung diseases, influenza, other diseases and injuries.
  • We raise awareness of the risks of serious illness, harm and death to vulnerable people related to the cold, fire, gas leaks and carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • We highlight the risks amongst community workers of potential dangerous behaviour with gas appliances for persons with Alzheimer’s disease, various types of dementia, visual, cognitive or physical disabilities.
  • We assist with training community workers of the risks to vulnerable people in partnership with other agencies.
  • We appeal for donations and sponsorship to provide the financial means to provide emergency heating appliances and gas and/or electrical safety intervention free of charge to the vulnerable person deemed at high risk.
  • We deliver these services directly to the vulnerable person at high risk through fire services, approved gas safe registered and NICEIC electricians and agencies.