Hard-up OAP couple who can’t afford to heat home this winter stunned by kind strangers

Cost of Living: Scorer warns of 'horrific' winter for some Brits

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Godfrey and Jeanette Ward from Wigan made the shocking comments in an interview with Sky News last week. The couple in their 70s admitted that they were unable to make their pensions cover the rising cost of living including increasing energy and heating bills.

They said that the boiler was broken but that they didn’t have enough money to fix it.

As a result they hadn’t had any hot water or central heating for months and were having to shower at a neighbour’s house.

Over the winter the Wards heated just one room with an expensive and ineffective electric fan heater.

In tears, the pensioners admitted that unless something changed they would have to sell the home they loved and move into a home.

Viewers were deeply moved by Godfrey and Jeanette’s story and offers of help came flooding in.

These included offers of fundraising and support.

However, perhaps the best news is that they have a new free boiler.

The company where the couple bought their original boiler offered to donate a new one to them. 

Depher CIC, a community plumbing charity based in Burnley, fitted the boiler for free.

They have also offered to assist the couple with some of their bills.

Mr Ward said it was “beautiful” as they were “frozen” before it was replaced.

He said: “It’s beautiful – feeling so warm now because we were absolutely frozen. 

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“I said to Jeanette, being able to walk upstairs and feel warmth everywhere in the house – it’s just belting.

“I am still worried about bills and food prices and about what that’ll mean for society.

“Will there be riots? More crime?”

Mrs Ward said she was feeling “a lot more optimistic now” about the future.

She said: “We were so worried and it’s just felt so nice having people come and asking us if we need help, saying ‘don’t hesitate to ask us’, and all that.

“But as long as we’re together, in our own home, that’s the most important thing for us.

“And I hope other people who are in the same situation as us, may now feel they can ask for help.”

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