Free Community Plumbing & Heating ( DEPHER ) CIC

by Anderson W James in Burnley, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 15th July 2019 we successfully raised £170 with 6 supporters in 28 days

The aim is to have free plumbing and heating repairs available for all elderly and disabled people or families in the communities.

by Anderson W James in Burnley, England, United Kingdom

When an Elderly person has no heating or hot water they can be at risk of serious health issues and life changing implications.

Disabled people are at high risk if they have no heating or hot water and can be put in a life changing situation if the issue is not rectified pretty quickly.

Apart from no heating or hot water issues there can also be Gas leaks and Water leaks that would cause serious damage to the person and the persons home.

With the struggles they face day to day the last thing they need is the stress of a massive bill, that in most cases they cannot afford.

This trauma can either make them borrow and get into debt or use their food and energy money to get these repairs carried out, that is if they can afford to do this.

We have had over 2100 customers call us over the last 2 years, that have gone without heating or hot water for weeks on end, this is really upsetting for myself so i can only imagine how they feel themselves.

In most cases they can go without heating or hot water and even without food or electric, these are things that we do take for granted because we are able to be mobile and without any disability are also able to work to earn the extra that we may need in an emergency.
DEPHER delivers a lifeline to these people so they can stop worrying about having enough money for food or gas and electricity.
We will continue to push this and advertise this service to the elderly and disabled in our towns and cities. hopefully to every town and city in the UK.
So please understand that this is for them, the vulnerable members of your and our family and community. 

We have the second highest rate of deaths in Europe due to cold homes and fuel poverty

  • In the 2016 to 2017 winter period, there were an estimated 34,300 excess winter deaths (EWDs) in England and Wales, which represents an excess winter mortality (EWM) index of 20.9%.

  • Although there has been an increase in EWDs, the number of EWDs does not exceed the peak that was observed in the 2014 to 2015 winter period; however, it was the second highest over the last five winter periods.

  • Females and the elderly were most affected by excess winter mortality in the 2016 to 2017 winter period.

  • Over one-third of all excess winter deaths were caused by respiratory diseases in England and Wales in 2016 to 2017.

  • All of the English regions observed significant increases in the excess winter mortality index between winter periods 2015 to 2016 and 2016 to 2017, whereas excess winter mortality for Wales remained stable.

  • In the 2017 to 2018 winter period, there were an estimated 50,100 excess winter deaths in England and Wales.

  • The number of excess winter deaths in 2017 to 2018 was the highest recorded since winter 1975 to 1976.

  • During the winter months of 2017 to 2018, the number of daily deaths exceeded the daily five-year average for all days except 25 March.

  • Excess winter mortality in 2017 to 2018 significantly increased from 2016 to 2017 in all English regions and Wales, with Wales having the highest regional index.

  • Excess winter mortality continued to be highest in females and people aged 85 and over.

  • Excess winter mortality doubled among males aged 0 to 64 years between 2016 to 2017 and 2017 to 2018.

  • Over one-third (34.7%) of all excess winter deaths were caused by respiratory diseases.

The UK experiences, on average, 32,000 deaths in each December to March period that are in excess of mortality rates across the rest of the year. Of these, 9,700 deaths are attributable to the avoidable circumstances of living in a cold home – about the same as the number of people who die from breast or prostate cancer each year.

The majority of the 9,700 deaths, 6,900, are linked to the coldest 25% of homes in the UK, where vulnerable occupants – typically elderly people with existing health conditions – succumb to ill-health including cardiovascular and respiratory diseases and fatal trip and falls. This is comparable to the number of people who die each year from alcohol-related causes or high blood pressure. Alongside this, approximately 3,200 excess winter deaths are linked directly to people experiencing fuel poverty: that is when low incomes and high, or relatively high, energy bills combine to make a warm home unaffordable. This also leads to poor mental health such as chronic depression and in many tragic cases suicide. Fewer people die each year from drug misuse or skin cancer.

The funds that are raised for DEPHER CIC will be used to purchase materials and pay for the cost of travel and insurance, also we need to advertise this project in every city in the UK, this may not be achievable without your help.

The more we advertise to make people aware the better chance we have to getting to the people that need this before its too late for them.

The Problem...

 In a nutshell, too many elderly and disabled people are forgotten about and left to face the daily struggles with life saving repairs, without a second thought of what they face.

Since March 2017 we have seen more than there should be and it is growing out of control, with no help available it can only get worse unless we help and show community spirit by helping them.

The Government system has not been set up to deal with the issues that they face and i feel they never will, that is why depher has been launched.

We Have Saved Over 365 Lives so far with this initiative

The Solution...

Establishing this project and helping it to grow far and wide, so it is available to every elderly and disabled person that can benefit and really needs the help from this service.




N Ireland

Republic of Ireland

 With 16.5 Million elderly and disabled people living within this United Kingdom, it can mean the difference between Life and Death, especially in the winter time.

“The number of excess winter deaths in England and Wales in 2017 to 2018 was the highest recorded since the winter of 1975 to 1976. However, peaks like these are not unusual – we have seen more than eight peaks during the last 40 years. It is likely that last winter’s increase was due to the predominant strain of flu, the effectiveness of the influenza vaccine and below-average winter temperatures”.

Nick Stripe, Health Analysis and Life Events, Office for National Statistics

Tackling cold homes as a contributor to excess winter mortality brings multiple benefits and is already recognised as a priority by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. NICE states that excess winter deaths attributable to cold homes are avoidable; that these deaths are just one part of a story that encompasses opportunities to improve public health while saving the NHS £1.36bn in England alone. This estimated saving currently excludes relieving pressures on social care services and NICE also notes that there are further fuel poverty and climate change benefits to fixing cold homes. 

In later life, the impact of a cold home often compounds poor physical health and loneliness. The cold badly enhances the risks of health conditions including cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, falls and injuries and mental ill health, costing the NHS an estimated £1.36 billion each year (Age UK, 2012). > Despite being unpalatable premature mortality has a clear cost, and this impacts on family members 


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

Depher pens

You will receive 5 paper mate style pens with the depher logo on the side. These pens are really nice and last a long time, giving you pride in your donation.

£20 or more

limited edition t shirts

beautiful t shirts supporting Depher cic, come in blue or black. you can walk around wearing this, proud with the knowledge that your donation has saved someone from suffering.

£30 or more

Depher polo shirt

These are really nice and thick, with great comfort and style. A talking point in any company you may be in.

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