Beat the Cold beats more than the weather in winning national award

Stoke-on-Trent-based charity Beat the Cold and project partners are celebrating after their project was named the national 1st prize winner of the Energy Impact Awards, beating more than 70 competing entries.

The Energy Impact Awards, run by leading fuel poverty charity National Energy Action (NEA) in partnership with British Gas, recognise best practice amongst agencies carrying out work that focuses on energy projects tackling fuel poverty by benefiting vulnerable people in the local area.

Beat the Cold was awarded a £10,000 grant for their project “Saving lives with solar” which will help them further develop their ground-breaking example of collaborative work and information-sharing between the NHS, the third sector and private investors to accurately target and improve the health and wellbeing of those in fuel poverty. The project will save the NHS and wider health economy money, and reduce the carbon footprint of a substantial hospital property portfolio.

Martin Peake, Business Development Manager, Beat the Cold, said: “This is an exciting project to be part of, and is the culmination of many months of very hard work. The grant funding from this award will be directly supporting hospital patients living in some of the most fuel poor areas of the country. Working in partnership with hospital staff, we will be identifying those at greatest need, and looking to break the cycle of cold homes and ill health. The amazing thing is that this project will ultimately funded by the power of the sun, and a vision of the University Hospitals of North Midlands, Southern Staffordshire Community Energy, and Beat the Cold to deliver a scheme in line with NICE guidance on the health risks associated with cold homes.”

Maria Wardrobe, Director of External Affairs at NEA said: “We were overwhelmed by the interest in the award scheme which saw a large number of highly commendable projects in England and Wales. I congratulate Beat the Cold on their initiative which will help a large number of people in the local community to keep warm and well in their homes. I would like to thank British Gas for supporting the scheme, enabling these excellent projects to continue to develop.”

Steve Crabb, Director of Consumer Vulnerability at British Gas said: “We are very pleased to support the important work of National Energy Action. This project is a great example of how the awards support people in their own community, helping them be more energy efficient and save money. As a leading energy company we think it’s vital to recognise the Energy Impact Awards and support projects like Beat the Cold.”

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