Local sixth form students benefit from late MP’s memorial fund

 In Croydon, News

Steve Reed MP has congratulated three local pupils at the Norbury Manor Business and Enterprise College for Girls who’re celebrating their A-level results today after they passed their exams and secured an annual bursary towards their living expenses for their three years at university. The Malcolm Wicks Memorial Fund has been set up by community interest company – National Grid Affordable Warmth Solutions (AWS) – and established in honour of the late Malcolm Wicks MP. The winning students took part in a local essay competition on the impact of energy policy, fuel poverty, energy efficiency and tackling climate change.

Steve Reed OBE, Member of Parliament for Croydon North, Malcom Wick’s former consistency, was one of the first to congratulate the students:

“I am sure the students will be thrilled and I wish them all the very best for the future. The annual bursary will provide an essential contribution towards their living expenses and help them gain valuable work experience. Affordable Warmth Solutions’ competition also helps us remember the contribution of Malcolm Wicks, who served Croydon tirelessly in the House of Commons for twenty years, fighting the plight of fuel poverty in his role as Minister for Energy under two Prime Ministers. I too am deeply committed to addressing this area as far too many of my constituents, including many older people and young children, are still suffering from fuel poverty and struggling with increasing energy prices and woefully energy inefficient homes”.

Jeremy Nesbitt, Managing Director of Affordable Warmth Solutions, who have sponsored the memorial fund commented:

“We are proud to be supporting the Malcolm Wicks Memorial Fund and the students from Norbury Manor Business and Enterprise College. Above all, we are delighted the three students have received the grades they need and will now be heading off to their chosen universities. As well as the annual bursary, the students will also now have the opportunity to work with National Energy Action, a fuel poverty charity, during their summer holiday breaks, gaining work experience and earning some further money to help support them during their time at university. This will help them stand out from the crowd when they look to get a full-time job, potentially in a related field, once they have concluded their studies”.