Carol White from Gosport Council was named a Heat Hero by fuel poverty charity National Energy Action (NEA) for her contribution to tackling fuel poverty in Gosport.
The Heat Hero Award, supported by Scottish Power, recognises individuals across England and Wales who have gone above and beyond in helping people in their community who are struggling to keep warm in their homes.
The work my colleagues and I do to help people in the local community to stay warm in their homes is vitally important and it’s fantastic that we’ve received recognition for our hard workCarol White
Carol has worked tirelessly for a significant number of years helping people to improve their heating, accessing help from other organisations to lift them out of fuel poverty and going the ‘extra mile’ to ensure that all people have access to funding and government schemes.
She worked on the Help is on Hand – Warm & Well project, working closely with partner organisations to identify and safeguard vulnerable people living in fuel poverty.
Carol said: ‘I am delighted to be named a Heat Hero by NEA and ScottishPower. The work my colleagues and I do to help people in the local community to stay warm in their homes is vitally important and it’s fantastic that we’ve received recognition for our hard work.’
Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage said: ‘I am so proud that we have individuals such as Carol working hard to support vulnerable people living in our community and I was delighted to see her receive her award.
'For many people, the cost of heating bills is a real worry and so people like Carol can make a real difference.’
Maria Wardrobe, director of external affairs at NEA, said: 'Over 4.5 million UK households live in fuel poverty and are unable to adequately heat their homes.
'Our Heat Heroes are working tirelessly to improve the lives of these people and it is important that we give credit to those like Carol who are working to tackle fuel poverty within their community.'
Gillian Noble, head of energy services and obligations at ScottishPower retail and generation, said: ‘The hard work and commitment shown by these dedicated people is crucially important in helping to tackle fuel poverty.'