WITH more cold weather on the horizon people in Worcestershire are being asked to look in on elderly friends and family.

The Met Office is predicting temperatures will continue to drop through this week and could hit freezing on Thursday evening and Friday morning.

Chief executive of the Royal Voluntary Service David McCullough has called on people across the county to make sure older people have everything they need to stay warm, safe and well.

“Severe weather can have a devastating effect on the health and safety of older people, so it’s vital that friends, family and neighbours check in on older people in their town and offer to help where they can,” he said.

“Simple things like making sure older people have enough food in the house and offering someone a lift to a doctor’s appointment or to the shops can make a huge difference during the inclement weather.”

The charity, formerly known as WVRS, provides services including delivering meals to older people, providing lifts to hospital and GP appointments and the shops as well as running community centres.

For more information call 0845 600 5885 or visit royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk