Archive | October, 2015

Toby with the Labour Parliamentary Party football team

Toby Perkins MP plays Labour vs Lobby football match to support Breast Cancer Care

Chesterfield MP, Toby Perkins, played in The Football Association’s annual Labour vs Lobby football match at the Labour Party Conference in Brighton on 27 September.

The match was also an opportunity for Toby to show his support for Breast Cancer Care – the only UK-wide specialist support charity and The FA’s official charity partner for 2014-16.

Despite Toby’s fantastic goalkeeping skills, the Labours MPs lost on this occasion 2-0. Toby then had the opportunity to find out more about The FA and Breast Cancer Care’s partnership which aims to help make the nation aware of the signs and symptoms of breast cancer and to raise £500,000 to support people with the disease.

Funds raised through the official charity partnership will go towards a new mobile service, which will tour England to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of breast cancer.

Toby said: “It was great to play in a game that raises awareness and funds for such an important cause.

Toby with the Labour Parliamentary Party football team

Toby with the Labour Parliamentary Party football team

The FA and Breast Cancer Care are working together to ensure everyone across the nation knows the signs and symptoms of breast cancer, and Labour MPs will be helping to raise awareness across the country. Thousands of people are affected by breast cancer every year and it is vital that they have the knowledge and confidence to check for the signs and get help early.”

For more information or to donate – visit www.breastcancercare.org.uk or call Breast Cancer Care free on 0808 800 6000 for support.

 

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Toby at the Guide Dogs ‘Hook-a-Truck’ stand at Labour conference

Chesterfield MP Hooks-a-Truck to clean up problem pavement parking

Toby Perkins MP took on the challenge of cleaning up the streets at the Labour Party Conference this week, when the charity Guide Dogs offered him the chance to learn more about the daily difficulties faced by people living with sight loss.

Toby at the Guide Dogs ‘Hook-a-Truck’ stand at Labour conference

Toby at the Guide Dogs ‘Hook-a-Truck’ stand at Labour conference

Guide Dogs is calling on MPs and the public to back a new Bill to outlaw irresponsible parking. According to the charity, badly parked cars are putting the lives of pedestrians up and down the country at risk every day. These vehicles are forcing people to step out into the road, without being able to clearly see on-coming traffic.

The charity used a unique twist on the fun-fair game, Hook-a-Duck, to highlight the campaign and Mr Perkins became the guide when he helped a rubber duck navigate a stream full of obstacles.

The MP for Chesterfield is supporting Guide Dogs campaign on pavement parking, including a proposed law to restrict it to designated areas.

There are nearly two million people in the UK who are living with sight loss and by 2050, there could be nearly four million. So it’s more important than ever that our streets are safe for people who are blind or partially sighted.

Toby commented: “I recently completed a blind-folded walk around Chesterfield to highlight the dangers of street clutter for people with assistance dogs. Irresponsible parking on pavements is an even bigger danger as it can force guide dog users to have to go in to the road to get past the obstruction. I would urge all motorists to take this in to consideration when parking.”

Toby will also be joining the Derbyshire Guide Dogs Mobility Team in Chesterfield Town Centre on Saturday 10th October to help promote Guide Dogs Week and help with fundraising. The Guide Dogs Mobility Team will be outside the Marks & Spencer’s store in the town centre from 10am to 2pm.

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Toby Perkins at the Destination: Cure stall at Labour Party Conference – where he was the fastest MP at their ‘Maze Game’ with a time of 8.16 seconds

Toby Perkins Support Charity’s Call for Government Action on Blood Cancer

Toby Perkins, MP for Chesterfield, has backed calls for Government action on blood cancer after a blood cancer charity revealed one in three transplant patients die within their a year of their treatment.

Toby is supporting the Destination: Cure campaign launched by Anthony Nolan, which runs the UK’s stem cell and bone marrow donor register.

The charity also revealed that one in eight patients in need of a stem cell or bone marrow transplant do not find a donor, and praised the vital contribution of selfless individuals who donate their stem cells and bone marrow.

Toby said: “The Destination: Cure campaign is an important reminder of the difficult challenges faced by blood cancer patients in need of a lifesaving transplant. Currently, patients are not guaranteed access to the long-term care and support they need after transplant. I am now calling for a national care pathway to be established for patients for at least five years after their transplant.”

Toby Perkins at the Destination: Cure stall at Labour Party Conference – where he was the fastest MP at their ‘Maze Game’ with a time of 8.16 seconds

Toby Perkins at the Destination: Cure stall at Labour Party Conference – where he was the fastest MP at their ‘Maze Game’ with a time of 8.16 seconds

In the next five years, over 11,000 people with blood cancer or a blood disorder will depend upon a stem cell transplant from a stranger.

Anthony Nolan’s Destination Cure campaign aims to save the lives of each of these people, by calling for more investment into the donor register, more pioneering research, and better post-transplant care.

Henny Braund, Chief Executive of Anthony Nolan, said: “For people in need of a bone marrow or stem cell transplant, finding a matching donor is a potentially lifesaving milestone and usually their only hope of survival.

 

“Every day, selfless individuals give these patients a fighting chance by donating their stem cells. But heartbreakingly, for every two people who are alive a year after their transplant, there is one person who is not.

“We need the government to act now to accelerate research into why some patients survive and others do not, so that the precious chance of life provided by the donor is not wasted. The odds are not good enough and we will not stop fighting until we reach our destination of a cure for everyone with blood cancer.”

To find out more about the Destination: Cure campaign and to express your support, please visit www.anthonynolan.org/destinationcure.

 

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