Award for efforts to help people tackle fuel poverty in Lichfield and Burntwood

Efforts to tackle fuel poverty in Lichfield and Burntwood have earned one woman a national award.

Jules Hill, from Beat the Cold, was named as one of 14 ‘heat heroes’ by the charity National Energy Action (NEA) at a ceremony in London.

Neil Clitheroe from ScottishPower, with Baroness Verma, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, and Jules Hill

Neil Clitheroe from ScottishPower, with Baroness Verma, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, and Jules Hill

She works as part of the Warmer Homes, Greener District project in Lichfield offering advice for local people on improving their fuel efficiency.

The award came after she clocked up 180 visits to local people who are finding it difficult to afford to heat their homes.

“I am over the moon to be chosen as a heat hero,” she said. “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 Beat the Cold deserve the credit too.”

Maria Wardrobe, director of external affairs with the NEA, added: “Many fuel poor households are isolated and vulnerable and difficult to reach, so it is important that we give credit to people like Jules who are working tirelessly to help these people to stay warm and well in their homes.”

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