A council worked has been awarded the status of ‘Heat Hero’ by fuel poverty charity National Energy Action (NEA).
Les Lazell, from South Cambridgeshire District Council (SCDC), was recently presented the accolade in London for his contribution to tackling fuel poverty in South Cambridgeshire.
The Heat Hero Award scheme recognises individuals across England and Wales who have made a significant contribution to helping people living in fuel poverty in their local community.
The awards are supported by ScottishPower.
After joining SCDC six years ago, Les has used his 40 years of experience to bring high quality affordable warmth to SCDC tenants.
This has taken the form of both practical installations and sound advice all geared to the real-world needs of his customers.
More recently Les has used his expertise to champion the genuinely sustainable treatment of SCDC’s numerous off-gas and hard-to-heat properties through the careful deployment of external wall insulation and heat pump technology.
This is further transforming the lives, energy bills and health of an increasing number of households.
Les said: “I am delighted to be chosen as a Heat Hero – 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 SCDC deserve the credit too”.
Maria Wardrobe, director of NEA said: “The Heat Heroes are a credit to their communities, particularly as some experts are predicting this winter to be the coldest in 100 years.
“The consequences of fuel poverty can be devastating, ranging from psychological stress, worry and social isolation to causing or exacerbating serious illnesses such as respiratory and circulatory conditions, with an estimated ten excess winter deaths occurring last year in South Cambridgeshire.
“I am delighted that we have people like Les working to help vulnerable people keep warm in their homes in his community.”
Neil Clitheroe, CEO of ScottishPower Retail and Generation said: “ScottishPower was delighted to support the Heat Heroes award scheme for the second year to recognise the contribution that individuals are making to assist people in their communities across England and Wales.
“Individuals like Les are vitally important to their communities, ensuring help gets to those people most in need.”
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