Winter can be a tough time if you live with sickle cell. Being cold can increase your chances of a crisis, so it’s really important to keep yourself as warm as possible.
The NHS has launched the Keep Warm Keep Well campaign, which provides advice for staying warm, including information about reducing your energy bills, advice on keeping yourself and your home warm, and tips for staying healthy. You can download a Keep Warm Keep Well booklet from the government’s website.
Please remember to bundle up in your favourite jumper, and don’t be afraid to sleep under an extra blanket! Stay hydrated with a nice hot drink, which will help keep you even warmer.
We’d like to draw your attention to certain discounts that you may be eligible for if you’re on certain benefits. These discounts and payments will help keep your home warm throughout the cold winter months.
Winter Fuel Payment– This is a payment of £100-£300, depending on your financial circumstances. However, it’s only available to people aged over 63.
Cold Weather Payment– During exceptionally cold snaps–when it’s been zero degrees celsius or below for seven consecutive days–you could be eligible for a payment of £25 a week towards your energy bills if you’re receiving certain benefits. These benefits include income-related JSA or ESA, and Universal Credit.
Warm Home Discount Scheme– Most electricity providers are offering £140 off your energy bills this winter if you’re receiving certain means-tested benefits. This may vary based on your supplier, so get in touch with them and ask if you’re eligible for money off your bills.
Wishing you a warm and happy winter!