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Service held for those who've died in winter

By Jordan Reynolds | Walsall | Health | Published:

A service and vigil was held in Walsall to remember the people who have died over the winter.

The Walsall Pensioners Convention organised the service for the third year at The Crossing at St Pauls on Wednesday.

About 20 people gathered to remember those who have suffered and to promote support and assistance for people at risk this winter.

Andrea Stanton, secretary of Walsall Pensioners Convention, said: "The National Pensioners Convention has been commemorating it for years, for the past three years we've had a commemoration at St Pauls.

"About 20 people came, it's a very small chapel, it went very well.

"Rev Mark Kinder opened, I spoke about the number of deaths, Valerie Vaz spoke and poems were read out.

"Statistics show that excess winter deaths are lower for 2018-19 than the year before.

"This is because we had a milder winter and the flu strain was considerably more mild.

"It's not just elderly people, a lot of people are also reliant on food banks.

"People are having to make a choice between heating and food."

Jordan Reynolds

By Jordan Reynolds
Reporter - @jreynolds_star

Senior reporter at the Express & Star.

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