Diane Simone from Blackpool Care & Repair is named a Heat Hero!

Diane Simone, caseworker at Blackpool Care & Repair, was named a Heat Hero at a special awards ceremony at the Houses of Parliament this week.

The Heat Heroes Awards are open to individuals across England and Wales, and celebrate those who go above and beyond to get the recognition they deserve – for helping people in their community live in warmer homes.

Held in partnership between ScottishPower and the charity National Energy Action, this year there were some very strong candidates, but the judges managed to select fifteen worthy winners.

Not-for-profit organisations including local authorities, health and social care agencies, voluntary and statutory agencies and community groups were encouraged to nominate staff and volunteers for the award.

Maria Wardrobe, Director of Communications and External Relations at National Energy Action commented: “Each year I am bowled over by the passion and tenacity that our Heat Heroes demonstrate, always going above and beyond what is expected of them in their job or as unpaid volunteers. It was a delight to meet them and be able to say well done and thank you on behalf of those they help.”

Gillian Noble, Sales Director at ScottishPower said “ScottishPower is delighted to be sponsoring the Heat Heroes Awards for the sixth year. The hard work and commitment shown by these dedicated people within their communities is crucially important in helping to tackle fuel poverty. On behalf of ScottishPower I’d like to congratulate all the nominees and winners.”

The winners were shining examples to others in their communities; Roy McNally, Foundations' Development Manager for the North of England said: "Dianne has been a tenacious caseworker who always seems to go the extra mile to deliver solutions to our most vulnerable citizens. Dianne is one of the best users of our FILT funds and is somebody we can rely on to deliver critical interventions quickly and efficiently."