A Driffield area woman has been named a national Heat Hero by fuel poverty charity National Energy Action for her contribution to tackling fuel poverty in East Yorkshire.
The Heat Hero Award Scheme recognises individuals across England and Wales who have gone ‘above and beyond’ in helping people who are living in fuel poverty in their local community. The Awards are supported by ScottishPower.
Jane Mears from East Riding of Yorkshire Council works with a range of organisations to devise and deliver projects to alleviate fuel poverty, increase affordable warmth and improve the lives of people living in the area’s private sector housing. Some of Jane’s work involves persuading landlords to contribute towards installation of more efficient heating systems in their properties to help tenants stay warm in their homes. She has also worked in partnership with community interest company Community Energy Solutions, to replace outdated heating systems in properties off the gas network with Air Source Heat Pumps. After 200 successful installations CES wrote ‘thanks to Jane’s enthusiasm, creativity and tenacity, determination and powers of persuasion the East Riding scheme has become by far the most successful in the country’.
Jane said: “I am over the moon to be chosen as a Heat Hero by NEA and ScottishPower, it is worth all of the hard work when you know that you have helped people in the local community to stay warm in their homes. It is a team effort though and colleagues at East Riding Council deserve the credit too”.
Maria Wardrobe, Director of External Affairs, NEA said: “Our heat heroes’ are vital to the lives of people in their communities. Many fuel poor households are isolated and vulnerable and difficult to reach, it is important that we give credit to people like Jane who are working tirelessly to help these people to stay warm and well in their homes.”
David Davis MP said “I am delighted that we have people like Jane working to help vulnerable people in Haltemprice and Howden.”
Neil Clitheroe, CEO, ScottishPower Retail and Generation said: “We are proud to be sponsoring the Heat Heroes Awards for a third year.
“The hard work and commitment shown by these dedicated individuals within communities is crucially important in helping to tackle fuel poverty. On behalf of ScottishPower I’d like to congratulate all the nominees and winners.”