Remoteness is no barrier to warmth

L to R  KNW's Jon Dick, Paul Kirkpatrick from Positive Futures and Northumberland Warm Zone Director Alan Milburn
L to R KNW's Jon Dick, Paul Kirkpatrick from Positive Futures and Northumberland Warm Zone Director Alan Milburn

A REMOTE building high up in the Cheviot Hills has a cosier feel to it thanks to workers from Northumberland Warm Zone.

Once a farmstead for local shepherds, Whiteburnshank, near Alwinton, is now an outdoor activity centre run by Ashington-based charity, Northumberland Positive Futures.

The organisation helps vulnerable young people aged between the ages of 10 and 19 to live fulfilling lives, away from criminal influences and the dangers of substance abuse.

With its nearest neighbour around six miles away, Whiteburnshank is perched on top of a steep hill in close proximity to the remotest part of the border with Scotland.

And providing loft insulation was a real challenge for Northumberland Warm Zone director Alan Milburn.

“Logistically this was a difficult job for us, getting our workers and materials along a muddy forestry track, crossing flooded streams and negotiating hairpin bends,” said Alan.

“However, we always go the extra mile to make sure that everyone in Northumberland, no matter where they are, has the opportunity to get our help.”

Warm Zone is a not-for-profit organisation working in partnership with Northumberland County Council and aims to improve energy efficiency in the home, reduce fuel bills and provide a warmer, healthier home.

The insulation work done at Whiteburnshank highlights Northumberland Warm Zone’s determination to help everyone in the county no matter where they live.