A scheme helping residents keep warm during the winter has been praised by a politician.
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell was given a first hand look at npower’s Health Through Warmth scheme after visiting Whitley Bay resident Patricia Dunn.
The 64-year-old, who has angina, could not keep her warm home as her boiler had broken down and the thermostat was faulty, before receiving help through the Health Through Warmth scheme.
The Tyneside co-ordinator arranged for a new boiler and thermostat to be installed in her home, with funding raised by SSAFA Forces Help from The Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, as well as a contribution from the npower Health Through Warmth Crisis Fund.
Patricia said: “I didn’t think I would be eligible for help from anywhere, but then Warm Zones put me in touch with Health Through Warmth.
“I’m really thankful for the help the scheme has given me, it has made such a difference.”
Mr Campbell said: “It is fantastic to see the work that the scheme is doing in our local community and I hope that by working with npower Health Through Warmth to raise awareness of help available, they can assist many more people in the area.”
Louise Twinam, development and operations manager at the npower Health Through Warmth scheme, added: “We are delighted to have been able to help Patricia and to see the difference the new heating system has made to Patricia’s level of comfort.”
Assistance is available for vulnerable people with long term, cold-related illnesses who need support to repair or install heating systems which they cannot afford themselves.
For more visit www.healththroughwarmth.com