Minus 4 tonight my husband has just breezily announced. It only serves to remind me that I’ve been worrying about a couple of people in my village with the cold snap. I just read an article that said that Nine elderly people died every hour from cold-related illnesses last winter against a background of soaring energy bills.
The official figures showed that the number of deaths linked to cold over the four-month period reached 25,400 in England and Wales, plus 2,760 in Scotland.
Charities and energy company critics claim the UK has the highest winter death rate in northern Europe, even worse than much colder countries such as Finland and Sweden.
And here I am in my warm( ish) house, eating my supper, and I got hit by a lightening bolt of a thought. I heard that there are over 60,000 food blogs in the UK.. so I’m challenging you right here right now to make a difference and take part in Random Soups of Kindness. We Bloggers are a community and we can make a serious difference as individuals or as a group.
If you know and elderly person or couple who are close to you, even if you have never ever spoken to them, take them some hot soup. I‘ve approached my favorite supermarket to see if they might be able to offer the busier / non cooking types amongst us to donate some tinned soup .. but I am asking you can you help? Take a moment.
If you can take part I’d be utterly delighted and will do a round up post with all the recipes and stories here in 3 weeks time o he 22nd February ... and who knows what good your bowl of soup will do .. I KNOW we can make a difference as food bloggers unite.
To take part just add your comment below e-mail me recipes@VanessaKimbell.com and write your blog post about what soup you make ( a recipe would be great or just which tin you choose) and who you took it to ... with a link back to this page and display the logo in your post.
I’m off to make some Butternut squash and dill soup for an elderly lady that I am worried about across the street.