She said in a statement: "Many self-reliant older people are at risk at the moment, particularly if they turn down their heating to save money after many days of very low temperatures followed by the current heavy snow."
Bishop Karen told Premier: "I think it's something people feel that they can budget for or reduce [saying] 'we can make do with only heating one room' or 'I can make do with a blanket',
"And I think particularly elderly and vulnerable people don't realise a blanket may not be enough."
Bishop Karen gave her advice for staying warm when money is tight: "You need to put the heating on, you need to keep warm, you need to heat up things like hot soup, eat hot food, drink hot drinks. Just stay in one room, heat that one room and if you have to sleep in that room, stay in that room but just keep warm."
Karen Gorham has encouraged people to donate to local groups which help heat the homes of people who are struggling financially.
She added in her statement: "If you are over 50 and need help with heating your home, you can contact your local Citizens' Advice Bureau. I'm also hoping to raise awareness among people who might know an older person in need – people like home helps, church visitors, family friends – that they can also refer people for help."
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