Fuel poverty heroes meet at 18 and 94

The youngest ever ‘Heat Hero’ has met the oldest at an energy awards ceremony. James Foster, 18 and Ted Evans, 94 won their awards for helping vulnerable people in the […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

The youngest ever ‘Heat Hero’ has met the oldest at an energy awards ceremony.

James Foster, 18 and Ted Evans, 94 won their awards for helping vulnerable people in the fight against fuel poverty.

The Heat Hero award scheme is run by fuel poverty charity National Energy Action (NEA) and ScottishPower.

Ted, 94, works part time for a charity for the elderly and also volunteers in his spare time. He started 11 years ago and supports other older people by maximising their income, tariff swapping, giving energy advice and encouraging people to get their vaccinations.

He passed the City and Guilds in Fuel Debt in the Community with flying colours.

James, 18, works as an advanced apprentice for Wolverhampton Council and has already achieved a great deal in his short career.

He’s known for going the extra mile, such as when he visited an unwell older couple, noticed it was very cold and swiftly arranged to get the building work on their house finished quickly.