Stoke-on-Trent charity Beat the Cold is on the shortlist for a prestigious 2015 Ashden Award. The Awards are a globally recognised measure of excellence in the field of sustainable energy and celebrate the organisations that Ashden considers to be leading the way in this field. Beat the Cold is one of only eight UK organisations to be shortlisted.
Beat the Cold helps around 1,300 Staffordshire households each year, easing the ill-health, anxiety and misery that comes with fuel poverty. The charity arranges home repairs and the installation of measures such as draught proofing and loft insulation, as well as helping families to access discounts and negotiating with energy suppliers on their behalf.
Martin Chadwick, Chief Officer of Beat the Cold, said: “All the staff at Beat the Cold are very excited to be shortlisted for the most prestigious award in energy saving – it would be a huge boost and would be the recognition that they deserve for all their hard work.”
The Ashden Award winners of 2015 will be announced at a prestigious awards ceremony at the Royal Geographical Society in London on 11 June. Speakers at previous ceremonies have included Sir David Attenborough and HRH Prince Charles.
Winners collect a prize of up to £20,000 and benefit from the prestige of entering an elite group of Ashden alumni, which can give a huge boost to their chances of attracting new funding and customers. Ashden also gives winners tailored business support and provides networking opportunities to help them to scale up their work.
Sarah Butler-Sloss, Ashden Founder Director, said: “At Ashden we focus on rewarding sustainable energy game-changers that are addressing two of the most pressing challenges of our time: climate change and poverty. This year our 21 finalists from four continents are dramatically cutting carbon emissions, boosting local economies, reducing poverty and making a real difference to people’s lives.”
Beat the Cold congratulate the other short-listed agencies, in particular the Seasonal Health Intervention Network (SHINE) at Islington Borough Council.