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.
We’ve collated a few resources to help you keep warm this winter.
Keep Warm Keep Well
The NHS has a 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.
Discounts and Payments
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.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) & Sickle Cell Disorder
If you are worried about COVID-19, please check out our Coronavirus (COVID-19) & Sickle Cell Disorder page where we have collected the latest information and guidance, including the latest data on sickle cell, the COVID-19 vaccination, and more.
If you would like further information or support, please get in touch with our Helpline.
The SCS Helpline Service provides confidential information, guidance, and emotional support to individuals and families affected by sickle cell living within the UK.