A WEARSIDE worker has picked up a hot award.
Maureen Fildes, who works for Age UK Sunderland, was presented with a National Energy Action (NEA) Heat Hero award at the House of Commons.
The award sponsored by Scottish Power rewards Maureen for the role she has in supporting people apply for a Warm Front grant.
“I am delighted to be chosen as a Heat Hero by NEA and ScottishPower,” said Maureen.
“I feel very proud to be able to do a job that makes such a significant impact upon the lives of those people in my community.“
During home visits Maureen, 46, from Silksworth, also checks for other issues that may be cause for concern and refers people to a range of appropriate services.
“Staying warm in your own home is a basic need that many of us take for granted and we should not forget those individuals who need our support whether it is financial, emotional or general guidance.”
Warmfront co-ordinator Maureen has visited more than 500 people and helped them access more than £34,000-worth of grants and distributed more than 100 emergency winter packs in extreme cold weather conditions.
The Heat Heroes Award Scheme aims to recognise individuals who have made a significant contribution to helping people living in fuel poverty in their community, either at work or in volunteer activities outside the workplace.
Age UK Sunderland director Alan Patchett said: “I am delighted that Maureen’s work has been recognised nationally in this way.
“She really does go out of her way to help everyone as much as she can.”
Maureen, who was nominated by her employers, is one of 14 people from across England and Wales to be chosen for the award.
“Age UK Sunderland is committed to reducing excess winter deaths and keeping vulnerable people throughout the city as warm and healthy as possible,” added Alan.