'Rogue' blankets help keep elderly folk warm in Bracknell
Published: 29 Oct 2013 09:000 comments
A STASH of 'rogue’ blankets are helping to take the chill out of winter for older people in the borough.
The Trading Standards team from Bracknell Forest Council has donated more than 100 smugly blankets with sleeves to Age Concern Bracknell Forest.
The blankets were seized from rogue traders who had branded them fraudulently – but instead of being thrown away, they have been donated to the charity.
John Nash, the trading standards team manager, said: “When officers seize counterfeit goods they often end up locked in an evidence store for months on end.
“While many of these products can not be reused or recycled, we can donate items that aren’t potentially hazardous to good causes.
“This makes rogue traders pay for their offences and gives something back to the community at the same time.”
Tracey Hedgecox, chief officer of Age Concern Bracknell Forest, said the blankets will be a real boost to some of the borough’s older residents. She added staying warm in winter can be a real problem – especially if people are disabled or housebound.
Cllr Iain McCracken, executive member for culture, corporate services and public protection at Bracknell Forest Council, said: “This type of payback scheme helps make a contribution to the community from offences which could have seen residents conned and out of pocket. I’m sure the donated blankets will be put to good use, when the colder weather comes along.”
Age Concern Bracknell Forest can provide a free room thermometer and a guide to keeping well and staying warm. To find out more, call its helpline on 01344 428074.