From Cleethorpes to London

Not many people get the chance to see inside the House of Commons but this week I went to London with my wife to do just that!

Earlier in the year I was nominated for a Heat Hero Award for helping people in Cleethorpes and Grimsby living in fuel poverty. North East Lincolnshire Council organised the training with the National Energy Action and as part of my role volunteering for the CCG’s community forum I talked to people in sheltered housing about how to get their fuel bills down – simple things like making sure your TV is off standby and turning your thermostat down.

Last winter I talked to 720 people at 30 different locations about how to keep their fuel bills down. The talks went down really well and we’re planning to do a similar thing for heatwave advice starting in May. I enjoy going round and talking to people about ways they can get their fuel costs down and didn’t think I would be getting an award for it, or going to London.
The Heat Heroes Award is a way of saying thank you to people who have helped to make a difference in their local community. I was the only volunteer who was nominated for the national award and I picked up my certificate with people who work for councils or the NHS.

Lord O'Neill of Clackmannan gave an opening address before Neil Clitheroe from Scottish Power talked about Scottish Power’s involvement in helping Heat Heroes in their work. Baroness Verma, the Minister of State at the Department of Energy & Climate Change then  presented us with the awards in The Churchill Room, where I was joined by my wife and local MP Martin Vickers. We were surrounded by ornate ceilings and paintings of Winston Churchill – it was very grand – and I managed to get a few photos too.

Once the ceremony was over Martin Vickers and PA Alistair Lamyman gave me and my wife, Glynis a short tour of the Palace and showed us the quick way out via the MPs’ short cut to the underground.

Picking up my certificate was a great experience; I was able to get more information and booklets from Scottish Power too. We weren’t in there long as there was another meeting planned in the same room at six o’clock. They’re obviously very busy.  I was shocked to find out that nearly 10,000 people work there. That’s that same as the population of Cleethorpes – I feel sorry for the cleaners!


David McGuire
Community Forum Member
Learning Disabilities and Mental Health

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