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Grant will help vulnerable people tackle fuel poverty

A project which offers energy advice and home visit services to vulnerable people in Hertfordshire has been expanded thanks to a cash grant from UK Power Networks.

From Press releases - 23 February 2015 12:00 AM

A project which offers energy advice and home visit services to vulnerable people in Hertfordshire has been expanded thanks to a cash grant from UK Power Networks.

The company, which delivers electricity to eight million people in East Anglia, London and the South East, has given £10,000 from its Power of Giving Fund to Groundwork Hertfordshire.

The money will help pay for 50 home energy advice and support visits to people in isolated rural areas, allow staff to carry out 10 promotional events. The project was initiated by HCC and is delivered by Groundwork and other partners.

Peter Christmas, development manager at Groundwork Hertfordshire, said: “We’re really grateful to have this support from UK Power Networks, to enable us to reach vulnerable people in the county and prevent cold-related excess winter deaths and illnesses.

“During a home visit, a Groundwork staff member can draught-proof windows, doors and letterboxes, install emergency radiators, radiator reflector panels, carbon monoxide detectors, cold alarms and water saving devices, etc.

“The practical and financial support the project provides gives vulnerable people the confidence to use their heating system appropriately to avoid causing or aggravating health problems related to a cold home.”

UK Power Networks Director of Customer Services, Matt Rudling, said: “There is so much good work being carried out in communities, to help create a better life for many people.

“Through the Power of Giving scheme we can support those charities and organisations and help give something back to the communities where we live and work.”

UK Power Networks set up the Power of Giving Fund in June 2013, and has allocated more than £400,000 to successful community projects.