Age UK Milton Keynes was so effective at helping vulnerable people on low incomes keep warm and safe over the recent harsh winter that the charity has won a national award for “Most Impactful Approach to Fuel Poverty.”
The prestigious award was presented to Jane Palmer, Rachel Bell and Paula Williams at the House of Lords by Mark Lancaster TD MP on Tuesday, at a ceremony hosted by the Baroness Andrews OBE.
Foundations, the National Body for Home Improvement Agencies, holds its annual awards ceremony to recognise work that, nationally, helps over 200,000 people each year live independently and safely in a home that meets their needs because of repairs, improvements and adaptations.
Rachel Bell, Age UK Milton Keynes’ Home Improvement Agency manager, said: “We are thrilled to receive this award. It is thanks to MK Community Foundation’s ‘Surviving Winter’ campaign, a grant from Age UK and E.ON and the NHS ‘Warm Homes Healthy People’ fund that we have been able make such a difference to the lives of people who were struggling to keep their homes warm.
The extra funding provided by these organisations was targeted at helping vulnerable people whose health was being harmed by the cold because they could not afford repairs to their central heating boiler and other essential equipment, and who would otherwise have suffered during the winter. By providing practical help such as fitting draught proofing and energy saving devices to improve the energy efficiency of homes, we have also helped people reduce their fuel bills. “
MP for Milton Keynes North, Mark Lancaster, said: “The Age UK Milton Keynes team has worked hard for the vulnerable and elderly people of Milton Keynes. This award is a fantastic recognition of their service, and all that can be done to tackle fuel poverty.”