Off Grid Energy trade association, The Federation of Petroleum Suppliers (FPS), together with Midlands-based heating oil distributors, AID Fuels, Nolan Oils and Midland Fuels Oils have been fundraising to help those in fuel poverty.
Through the Foundation they have been able to award £11,594 to four National Energy Action Heat Heroes Award winners.
The Heat Heroes Awards aim to recognise individuals who have gone ‘above and beyond’ to help people living in fuel poverty in their local community and are organised by charity National Energy Action (NEA) who work to end fuel poverty in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The Heat Heroes Award winners chosen to receive £2898.50 each are Natalie French, Fuel Poverty Advisor for Coventry Citizens Advice Bureau, Russell Bosanko, Financial Capability Officer for Citizens Advice Derbyshire Districts, Alvina Ali, Energy and Climate Change Officer for Wolverhampton Homes and Davina Allen, Project Manager for Marches Energy Agency.
Guy Pulham, FPS Chief Executive said:
“We heartily congratulate all the winners of the NEA Heat Heroes Awards 2018, but especially Natalie, Russell, Alvina and Davina who plan to do so much good in the fight against fuel poverty with the funds the FPS and our members have donated.
“We are pleased that with the help of our Midlands-based members, we’ve been able to raise a significant sum of money. We are so impressed by the extraordinary efforts made by these four winners and have no doubt they’ll put the money to incredibly good use, making a big difference to those people living in fuel poverty in the Midlands area.”
Tina Costello, Foundation CEO, said
“We were delighted that FPS chose our Foundation to administer these funds. The Heat Heroes Award winners have done brilliantly to support those struggling in their communities and we are sure their fine work will continue!”
Natalie French – Fuel Poverty Advisor – Coventry Citizens Advice Bureau
Will use the funding to continue supporting people through their telephone assessment and advice service.
Russell Bosanko – Financial Capability Officer – Citizens Advice Derbyshire District
The award will go towards staging a number of events, and attending them, to provide energy advice and support to those in need of assistance.
Alvina Ali – Energy and Climate Change Office – Wolverhampton Homes
The money will address fuel poverty ‘head on’ by providing a series of initiatives, products and services to help tenants and residents.
Davina Allen – Project Manager – Marches Energy Agency
This money will support her work on fuel poverty, principally around providing additional resource for their independent phone line service.