Keeping older people warm and out of fuel poverty in Surrey
Imagine being in your 90s and unwell, living alone without heating and hot water because you can’t afford to replace a failed boiler.
That was the case for two Surrey women who both faced a cold and miserable winter, and the possibility of having to move out of their own home. The stress for both them and their families was undeniable.
Enter Care and Repair Elmbridge (CARE) and Independent Home Solutions in Brockham, two Home Improvement Agencies (HIAs) funded to make vital repairs via grants from Foundations Independent Living Trust (FILT).
The £3000 grants are part of a seed fund from Sutton energy and telecommunications firm MAXIMeyes, provided as part of its Fuel the Change initiative. FILT and MAXIMeyes have teamed up to lift more people out of fuel poverty.
Thanks to the grants, the HIAs were able to conduct a full Warm Home Energy Assessment and organise the boilers to be replaced in each home. Both ladies now have peace of mind, not to mention heating and hot water which enables them to continue living independently in their own home.
The worry about paying for the boiler has now gone, and the risk of cold-related illness has been minimised.
FILT Chair, Sara McKee, said: “This story is a prime example of how a simple maintenance job can make a big difference to someone’s health and wellbeing. There are thousands of people like these two ladies in Surrey who are going without heating or hot water because they can’t afford to replace an old or dangerous boiler.
“They shouldn’t have to make a choice between eating or heating and I’m pleased that FILT, working with the HIAs and corporate supporters like MAXIMeyes, is able to step into the breach.”