Last updated: Wednesday 7th Febuary 2024

Next update by Wednesday 6th March 2024

Once again Neighbourcare must thank Debbie Thurlow and 'The Golden Eagles Linedance Club' for their kind donation of £610. This was raised from their Christmas party, raffle tickets and Christmas competitions. The club support Neighbourcare on a regular basis which is very much appreciated. The club meet on a Tuesday and Wednesday. Interested then take a look on their facebook page.

Winter illnesses

In winter, cold weather and spending more time indoors mean illnesses spread more easily. These can impact our health whatever our age, but as we get older, our immune systems find it harder to fight off bugs. The good news is that there are things you can do to protect yourself and stay warm and well during the winter season.

Why does the cold weather impact our health?

As the weather gets colder, chest infections and increased blood pressure are more common. In some cases, this can put us at a higher risk of heart attacks and strokes. This is why it’s really important that we heat our homes to a comfortable temperature and wrap up warm when we're on the move. It's a good idea to keep your hands and feet warm and cover your face, mouth and nose when you're out and about, too.

Cold weather can also make existing health problems worse, and the risk of this increases as we age. For example, some existing health conditions – like asthma and arthritis – are affected by colder temperatures. Symptoms can worsen and our ability to manage our conditions may decrease.

There are a number of reasons why you’re more likely to become ill during winter:

  • some viruses can survive more easily in cold conditions
  • the cold can make it more difficult for your immune system to fight off illnesses
  • illnesses spread more easily because we spend more time with people indoors
  • the cold weather can make it harder to manage, and increase the severity of, some long-term conditions.

  • What illnesses and conditions are more common during winter?

    There are many illnesses that are more common in cold weather or are at least made worse by the cold. We’ve listed some of the more common ones below.


    The flu (known as ‘influenza’) is an illness that affects the respiratory system, including the nose, throat and lungs. It’s caused by the influenza virus and is very contagious. It’s in season from October through until March, and although you’re more likely to catch it when it’s cold out, you can still catch it when the weather’s mild.

    Common cold

    There are many different viruses that can cause the common cold – however, ‘rhinoviruses’ cause most colds. Symptoms of the common cold include things like a blocked or runny nose, a sore throat and a headache. Colds are easily spread to other people, especially in winter time.


    Hypothermia is a dangerous drop in body temperature below 35°C. It’s a medical emergency, just like a stroke or a heart attack, so it must be treated in hospital. Symptoms include shivering, slurred speech and slow breathing.


    Gastroenteritis is a common condition that’s usually caused by a bacterial or viral stomach bug. It causes diarrhoea and vomiting and, in some cases, a mild fever. In adults, gastroenteritis is often caused by the norovirus which is more common in winter (it’s often called the ‘winter vomiting bug’).


    Pneumonia occurs when the lungs become inflamed. It’s usually caused by a bacterial or viral infection. Symptoms include a cough, shortness of breath and a high temperature. You’re more at risk of becoming seriously ill from pneumonia if you’re over 65 or if you have a heart or lung condition. You can catch pneumonia from someone who has it, or you can get it if you have another infection – such as the flu or coronavirus.


    Bronchitis occurs when the airways in the lungs become inflamed. It’s usually caused by a bacterial or viral infection. Symptoms are often similar to the common cold or flu and include things like a cough, chest pain when coughing, shortness of breath and a sore throat. Bronchitis itself isn’t contagious, but some of the infections that cause it are.

Taken from Age UK website

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The Neighbourcare Telephone Buddie Scheme was set up during the pandemic. Over 1000 people were contacted by telephone to check that they had the appropriate help that they required. 400 people during this time had regular telephone calls and prescriptions were also collected on their behalf. Most of these people are still receiving this assistance and this service is still ongoing. To obtain a Buddie, please call 01264 339899 and ask for Pam.


Community Shop

The Neighbourcare community shop has now been open for over 20 years. It is very well supported by the people of Andover and the local area.The aim of the shop was always different to that of other charity shops by putting any profits directly back into Andover's Community. Anyone visiting the shop can expect a friendly and warm welcome from all staff and volunteers. Donations of all types are welcome including clothes (please ensure these are freshly laundered), toys, books, music and household items provided they are in good saleable condition. Donations can be collected and small items of furniture are acceptable. At the present time we are unable to accept electrical items.

Please call 01264 404142 for further information.

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Andover Neighbourcare is a local charity providing a wealth of services to the local and wider community.We offer help with Transport, Shopping, Cleaning, Gardening, Relieving carers and much much more. More information about Andover Neighbourcare, our staff, volunteers, services, members and community shop can be found by simply clicking the relevant button in the menu on the top of this page. MEMBERSHIP SCHEME Our membership scheme cost just £30  per year or £60 per year for couples. Membership benefits include up to date information with what's happening at Andover Neighbourcare, parties, events and reduced rates on Mini Bus fares. Please use the contact form to register your interest, pop in to the offices or call 01264 404142.

Andover Neighbourcare has been asked about how people can donate on line to the charity. You can donate cash by going to localgiving.org/charity/andover-neighbourcare.Cheque donations can be sent to 12 Union Street made payable to Andover Neighbourcare.Cash donations can also be made at the office for which you will be listed as a friend of Neighbourcare.Donations for the charity shop can be collected if needed.Or if you only wish to give your time to help on any of the schemes we run please contact the officeMany thanks for your support.

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