Gaynor Astley from Care & Repair in Powys was named a Heat Hero by fuel poverty charity National Energy Action (NEA) at a prestigious London awards ceremony in June for her contribution to tackling fuel poverty in Powys.

The NEA Heat Hero Award Scheme recognises individuals across England and Wales who have gone ‘above and beyond’ in helping people in their community who are struggling to keep warm in their homes. The Awards are supported by ScottishPower. Gaynor was the only winner this year from Wales.

Gaynor has been a stalwart member of the Care & Repair in Powys team for 25 years and has made a significant contribution to helping older people struggling with the effects of fuel poverty. Gaynor has visited and assisted thousands of older people in their homes in Powys, and made sure that more than 2,000 of her elderly clients are receiving their full benefit entitlement and can afford to adequately heat their homes.

Gaynor said, “I am delighted to be named a Heat Hero by NEA and ScottishPower. The work my colleagues and I do to help older people in the local community to stay warm in their homes is vitally important and it’s fantastic that we’ve received recognition for our hard work.”

Chris Davies, MP for Brecknock and Radnorshire, presented Gaynor with her certificate in Westminster. He said, “I am delighted that we have people like Gaynor working to help vulnerable people across Brecon and Radnorshire.” His colleague Glyn Davies, MP for Montgomeryshire, was also very pleased to congratulate Gaynor on her efforts.

Maria Wardrobe, Director of External Affairs, NEA, said: “Over 4.5 million UK households live in fuel poverty and are unable to adequately heat their homes. Our Heat Heroes are working tirelessly to improve the lives of these people and it is important that we give credit to those like Gaynor who are working to tackle fuel poverty within their community.”