ONE in three elderly people in Kirklees and Calderdale die needlessly every day during the coldest winter months, a charity has revealed.

Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees is launching its Spread the Warmth campaign as figures show older people often resort to just heating one room in their home or in extreme circumstances make the choice between ‘heating or eating’.

Spread the Warmth aims help prevent thousands of older people suffering needlessly this winter and to reduce the number of preventable winter deaths among people in later life.

The charity is now offering a leaflet ‘Winter Wrapped Up’ – a guide to keeping well and staying warm in winter which includes a free handy thermometer showing recommended temperatures.

For more information go to: or contact your local Huddersfield office, 5 Upperhead Row (opposite the bus station), 01484 535994.