Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Lewes firefighters offer a helping hand

Lewes firefighters have pledged to lend a helping hand to local residents by telling them about the help available from the Switchover Help Scheme.

With only six weeks to go to switchover, firefighters from East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service are urging Lewes residents to follow in their footsteps and lend a helping hand by thinking of someone they know that may need help switching to digital and information about the Switchover Help Scheme.

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is backing the Switchover Help Scheme’s Helping Hand campaign to make sure every eligible older and disabled person in the area knows about the help they can get from the BBC Help Scheme to convert one of their television sets to digital.

The Heathfield transmitter group, serving much of East Sussex and South West Kent, will begin to switch to digital on 30th May.

David Washington, Station Manager at Lewes community fire station said:

Digital switchover is happening here in Lewes very soon and, even if you’re ready, you may have friends or neighbours who may be confused about what to do. It’s fantastic that Lewes firefighters are helping to spread the word about the help available.

“The Switchover Help Scheme offers practical support to help older and disabled people convert one of their television sets to digital. We can all lend a helping hand by making sure that these members of our community know about the help they can get from the Help Scheme. We are working closely with the Help Scheme to ensure that the switchover is rolled out smoothly for all our residents”.

Eligible people have been posted a Help Scheme information pack explaining the offer and will be getting a follow up reminder letter. However, Lewes firefighters are urging everyone who has already switched to digital to reach out to those older and disabled people they know who may still need help, and have not yet made contact with the Help Scheme.

To find out more about how you can help, simply come along to this or any of the other Helping Hand events happening in your area. You can find a list of Help Scheme events in your area by visiting www.helpscheme.co.uk/meridian/events.

Vulnerable members of the community may also qualify for a home safety visit and free smoke alarms, which are supplied and fitted by East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service. To check if you are eligible for a visit, or to receive a free information pack containing easy-to-follow fire safety advice and guidance, please call free on 0800 177 7069.

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