The coldest snap of Winter 20020/21, reminded us of the plight facing many elderly people. In such conditions they have to decide whether to heat or eat.

So many cold, lonely and isolated people struggle to keep warm in their homes during the winter months. They often face up to the almost unimaginable and impossible choice between heating their homes and buying food.

The majority decide to buy food, which is why Small Acts Of Kindness has created its Warm-in-Winter gift bags, which contain practical keep-warm items for older people. These include a fleece blanket, thermal hat, gloves, socks and leg warmers, a mug and hot drinks.

They are distributed free of charge to older people aged over 55 across Hertfordshire.

These gift bags are an intervention that can help reduce the risks that older people face when they are cold. 

A cold snap in late January 2021, followed by Storm Darcy in February, meant a blanket of snow over thousands of square miles, including most of Hertfordshire. This snowman provided the perfect mannequin for some of the warming items in the gift bags.

But he needed a name. A poll was conducted on social media and followers of Small Acts of Kindness were invited to submit their ideas.

The final shortlist was A. The Captain; B. Cozy McKindly. C. Flurry Frosterson

The competition came in the same week that the nation mourned the death of 100-year-old Captain Sir Tom Moore.  The former Army Captain had become a national treasure, after raising almost £33m for NHS charities by walking laps of his garden during the Coronavirus pandemic. 

It seemed entirely appropriate, therefore, that our snowman should be named in his honour.

The Captain will provide a permanent reminder of how we can save lives with our gift bags and melt hearts with kindness.