VIDEO: Peace charity hands out winter warmers to pensioners

A Mansfield-based charity is helping old folk by donating parcels full of winter warmers.

The Uhuru Peaceful Trust teamed up with Mansfield District Council and Nottinghamshire County Council, to give out more than 600 bags brimming with goodies to elderly residents in Mansfield Woodhouse.

Winter Warmth parcels handed out to elderly residents, pictured are children from the school council of The Bramble Academy who helped to distrubute the parcels, Coun Joyce Bosnjak and The Peaceful Trust trustee Charlene Burton-Betts

Winter Warmth parcels handed out to elderly residents, pictured are children from the school council of The Bramble Academy who helped to distrubute the parcels, Coun Joyce Bosnjak and The Peaceful Trust trustee Charlene Burton-Betts

Children from The Bramble Academy, district and county councillor, Joyce Bosnjak, and district councillor, Amanda Fisher, joined The Uhuru Peaceful Trust at 
the retirement and sheltered accommodation on Vale Court.

The packs consist of a fleece blanket, thermal gloves, hats and socks, and other items that the elderly often use indoors in the cold months.

Many are often too afraid to switch on their heating on during the colder months because of the rising costs of energy, and so to alternative ways to keep warm.

Coun Bosnjak said: “It is vitally important that the most vulnerable members of our community are kept warm during the cold winter months.

“The initiative from The Uhuru Peaceful Trust is a fabulous project and as a county councillor, I was keen to offer my support.

“They contacted me and said they had some really nice blankets, socks, fleecy gloves, fleecy hats, and asked what they could so with them.”

Charlene Burton-Betts, trustee for the charity, which as five charity shops across the East Midlands including Mansfield Woodhouse, said: “The Uhuru Peaceful Trust is committed to helping in the local community, it is these local people that support our shops and without them the good work we do would not be possible.”

Coun Bosnjak and the trust are hoping this will become an annual event to cover residents from the entire Mansfield district.