Rosie – National Heat Hero 2016

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Beat the Cold is delighted to announce that one of our advisers, Rosie Thorpe has become a ‘National Heat Hero, one of only 16 to achieve this accolade in 2016. The awards are presented annually by Fuel poverty charity National Energy Action, sponsored this year by Scottish Power. Says Beat the Cold Trustee, Michaela Fyson, who nominated Rosie for this award “I am delighted that Rosie’s  achievements in helping vulnerable people across Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire escape from fuel poverty have been nationally recognised. Rosie has worked for Beat the Cold for 10 years, the last three on our project Changes4Warmth in partnership with mental health charity Changes Health and Wellbeing.  It is for this work that she received her award.  Her expertise, enthusiasand warm personality has enabled her to connect with people experiencing poor mental health when she visits them in their homes.

Fuel poverty and cold homes can exacerbate both mental and physical poor health,hindering recovery.  One person that Rosie helped was a recovering alcoholic suffering from acute depression.  Rosie helped her with a number of things.  She gave her advice on how to minimise consumption, made sure she was on the best fuel tariff and applied for a Warm Homes Discount, saving £140 and she also supplied, fitted and demonstrated how an energy monitor could help monitor fuel consumption, a great reassurance to someone in recovery. Rosie is the second member of Beat the Cold’s staff to become a national Heat Hero,in 2014 Jules Hill was similarly recognised.   This is a great tribute to the effective way Beat the Cold tackles fuel poverty.

As the only specialist local charity with dedicated, qualified and experienced staff, Beat the Cold is in a unique position to ensure that people in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire and surrounding areas are able to keep warm and well each winter.

Rosie was presented with her award at a ceremony held in the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday 7 September 2016.  She can be seen in the accompanying photos with Lord O’Neill of Clackmannan, President of NEA;  Mark Murphy, Head of Commercial and Obligation Delivery, Scottish Power;  Michaela Fyson, Beat the ColdTrustee and Maria Wardrobe, Director of External Affairs, NEA.

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The second photo is of Rosie and Gill Wilshaw, Service and Operations Manager, Beat the Cold.

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For further information please contact:

Beat the Cold’s Office 01782 683813   email: enquiries@beatcold.org.uk

Or Michaela Fyson 01782 723775