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To mark National Heart Month, a local warmth scheme is calling on people in Fenland to warm their hearts this February.

npower Health Through Warmth, which works with local home improvement agencies in Fenland to help vulnerable people with heating and insulation, is encouraging people to consider the effect a cold home can have on their heart’s health.

Research has shown that the cold increases your heart rate, blood pressure and viscosity, putting people with heart conditions, such as angina or heart failure, at risk of heart attacks and blood clots.

However, support could be available; npower Health Through Warmth helps vulnerable homeowners who don’t have adequate heating or insulation and whose health is affected by cold living conditions, by installing or replacing heating systems.

Elaine Midwinter, npower Health Through Warmth scheme manager, comments: “Living in a cold home can have a serious impact on our health, and people with heart conditions are particularly at risk.

“Many people aren’t aware of the difference a warm home can make to their health and, even if they are, don’t know where to turn for help if their home is cold. This is why, with spring not yet sprung, we are raising awareness during National Heart Month of the help that is on hand from Health Through Warmth.

“We want people in Fenland to take some time this month to consider their own heart health, and that of vulnerable friends and relatives. If it is at risk due to living in a cold home, get in touch with us to see if you could be eligible for help.”

npower Health Through Warmth offers help with the funding and installation of heating and insulation measures for vulnerable people. It is available to homeowners who have a cold-related illness, a low income with little or no savings and who are unable to fully fund measures, such as a new boiler or heating system. You do not have to be, or become, an npower customer to benefit from the scheme.

Since 2000, more than 78,000 vulnerable residents in England and Wales have been referred to npower Health Through Warmth for help with heating and insulation. More than £66million has been levered to help fund the work required, which includes £1.7million from charitable organisations. In addition, £8.7million has been contributed from the unique npower Health Through Warmth Crisis Fund.

For more information about npower Health Through Warmth visit www.healththroughwarmth.com. For more information about National Heart Month visit www.bhf.org.uk/get-involved/fundraising/national-heart-month.aspx