A mystery local businessman has donated £1,000 worth of electric blankets to some of Alton’s elderly residents.

He said: “I am in a position to help some of the oldest members of the community this winter when even the fortunate ones will be struggling to keep themselves warm with the rising energy costs.

“I have donated 50 electric blankets to Alton Town Council who will distribute them to those in need who live independently. I hope what I am doing will enthuse other people who are in a similar situation to myself to do what they can for people in need.”