More than 200 people have taken advantage of free help with their heating bills and to travel to medical appointments.

Aimed at people aged over 65, the ‘Keep Warm and Well’ campaign which runs throughout the winter is proving very popular.

The council works with Preston Care and Repair to carry out a warm homes check and boiler service; Central Lancashire Dial-a-Ride to ensure people can keep medical appointments; the Citizens Advice Bureau which gives advice on energy suppliers and financial help; and Help Direct which offers help by signposting and referring people to health and support services, social activities, food banks and meals on wheels.

Councillor Bev Murray, Chorley Council’s lead on older people’s welfare, said the service, launched in December, had seen more than 200 requests for the various free services with some clients saving between £80 and £640 a year.

She added: “Our message is don’t sit there worrying about the cost of keeping warm or how you’re going to get to the doctors, just give us a call and we’ll see what we can do to help.”

For more details on the free scheme or to book, telephone 01257 515151 or email quoting ‘keep warm and well this winter’.