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Energy efficiency grants for cancer patients’ homes

FUNDING to pay for energy efficiency measures in the homes of cancer patients in Shetland have now been made available thanks to an £100,000 grant from Energy Action Scotland.

The works on offer includes improving insulation in the homes of cancer patients and fitting energy-efficient heating systems where needed.  

Broken boilers would be replaced and energy advice given to ensure that patients feel able to heat their homes adequately without worrying about excess costs. 

The scheme also offers the opportunity for householders to replace broken or inefficient white goods or to receive these where they have none – for example, tumble dryers and freezers.

The project is a partnership between Shetland Islands Council and the Macmillan nursing service at NHS Shetland.

SIC infrastructure committee chairman Michael Stout said he knew from personal experience how important it is to be able to heat your home comfortably without being worried about the cost when a family member is ill. 

“I would encourage families with a cancer diagnosis to contact the SIC’s energy efficiency helpdesk or the local Macmillan nursing service as soon as possible to take part in the scheme”.

NHS Shetland chief executive Ralph Roberts added: “The funding award from Energy Action Scotland provides an excellent opportunity to improve the quality of life for cancer patients here in Shetland.  

“By providing a grant of up to £9,000 per household it means that practical help and support is given directly to those living with cancer.”

  • Any family wishing to apply for this support can contact the SIC’s energy efficiency helpdesk on (01595) 744179 or the local Macmillian nursing service on (01595) 743347 to arraneg a home visit.