Mary Supports World Cancer Day

Mary attended an event in Parliament yesterday (Wednesday 3 February) to show her support for World Cancer Day today (February 4, 2016).

[MP] met with representatives from four of the UK’s leading cancer charities who are working together to unite the nation and help transform the lives of millions of people who are affected by cancer.

Cancer Research UK, Breast Cancer CareAnthony Nolan and the Movember Foundation are calling on people across North Tyneside to show their support by wearing a Unity Band with pride today (February 4).

The Unity Band is made of two parts, knotted together, to represent strength in unity and the power of what can be achieved when people come together.

The Unity Bands are available from each charity in their own colours at for a suggested donation of £2.  All money raised from the Unity Bands will go towards the charities’ individual research projects and support services.

One in two people born in the UK will develop cancer at some point in their lifetime.

Mary said: “Today (February 4) is World Cancer Day and I’m calling on people in North Tyneside to join me by wearing a Unity Band, making a donation or spreading the word on social media.

“Whether you want to celebrate people who have overcome cancer, show solidarity to those going through treatment or remember loved ones – World Cancer Day is a chance to get involved and help reduce the impact of cancer on future generations.”

Collectively the four charities support millions of people every year through their individual work in the prevention, detection, treatment and support of those affected by cancer.

Money raised from the Unity Bands will fund breakthroughs in scientific research; save and improve the lives of people with blood cancers; provide high quality care, support and information for people with breast cancer, and fund research and support services to tackle prostate and testicular cancer.

By joining together this World Cancer Day, they aim to show that a small action taken by many will transform our future.
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Award for Forward Assist

(Pictured left to right, Norma Redfearn, Tony Wright, Gary Bell, Colin Hutchinson, Jason Groves, Mary Glindon and Helen Lam)

In November last year, the North Tyneside Veteran Support Charity, Forward Assist, were one of the winners of the Social Justice Awards.

Last week Mary attended the presentation ceremony at the Quadrant, when they were presented with a cheque for £10,000 from Marsh Global.  Mary met with Jason Groves and Helen Lam from Marsh Global and Tony Wright and Colin Hutchinson from Forward Assist.

Mary said “this winning charity, which is based in my constituency, provides crucial help and practical assistance, to support veterans in making that difficult transition and I am proud that the Charity’s work is being recognised”.

Further Information about Forward Assist.

Forward Assist Veteran Support Charity provides advice, information and guidance, ‘life changing’ projects and opportunities to former servicemen and women who are experiencing difficulties in adjusting to a new life as a civilian. Forward Assist’s programmes are particularly relevant for former servicemen and women who are experiencing homelessness or housing problems, are incarcerated in Prison or have involvement with the Criminal Justice System.

Many former forces personnel have alcohol and drug dependency issues and have difficulty accessing support in relation to mental health and/ or post-traumatic stress disorder. A large percentage of our referrals & group membership is disenfranchised from mainstream services and lack family support. They choose to not access existing services or are deemed inappropriate for existing provision. Often this is because of a lack of understanding in the civilian community of the Armed forces culture, individual behaviour and mannerisms or simply that they display multiple complex needs that overwhelm individual service deliverers. Forward Assist staff and volunteers seek out and ‘plug in’ colleagues to sympathetic and appropriate services.

The Independent Living Fund (ILF)
The ILF provides financial support to people living with disabilities. The recipients of ILF are often said to be some of the most severely disabled people in the UK.

In March 2014 the Coalition Government announced it would close the ILF to new applicants on 30 June 2015. From 1 July 2015 responsibility for supporting ILF users in England passed to local authorities.  The amount of money set aside for the ILF was reduced and, more importantly, does not have to be ring-fenced. I have been working with my constituent, Mary Laver, campaigning against this issue.

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Despite being 68 years old, disabled by Rheumatoid Arthritis that has left her totally human and wheelchair dependent, her motto is ‘Life without Limits’ and has participated in many local and national events. Recently Mary was successful with her application to become a volunteer for the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016 and is trying to raise sponsorship to fund this project. 

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Television presenter Carrie Grant and Mary joined forces with Crohn’s and Colitis UK to empower people with Inflammatory Bowel Disease

On Wednesday 4 November Crohn’s and Colitis UK were supported by television presenter Carrie Grant and Mary, at the parliamentary launch of their new patient resource ‘My Crohn’s and Colitis Care’, a patient guide to the top 10 essentials of a good Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) health service¹. Currently 1 in 4 IBD services can’t see all urgent referrals within 4 weeks and this guide is designed to empower people with IBD to get the best from their local health service by working in partnership with their healthcare team.
There are at least 300,000² people in the UK living with Crohn’s or Colitis, the two main forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). These chronic conditions can cause ulceration and inflammation in the colon (Ulcerative Colitis) or any part of the digestive system (Crohn’s Disease).³

Crohn’s and Colitis UK held a special event in the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday 4 November to launch ‘My Crohn’s and Colitis Care’. The event was hosted by MPs Andrew Percy and Martin Vickers who helped to raise awareness of these debilitating conditions and highlighted the need for better healthcare provisions for all of those living with IBD across the UK.

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Wallsend firm SMD urges Prime Minister David Cameron to intervene to save jobs

Staff at North Tyneside firm SMD urge Prime Minister David Cameron to protect jobs with up to 80 set to go.

David Cameron has been asked personally to intervene and save jobs threatened with redundancy at North Tyneside firm Soil Machine Dynamics Limited.

Up to 80 staff at the Wallsend-based firm face redundancy because the company has been forced to suspend its largest order to date, after being denied an export licence in the wake of EU sanctions against Russia.

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Parkinson’s is a brain condition which can leave people struggling to walk, speak and sleep affecting one in 500 people in North Tyneside, according to its MP Mary Glindon.

Mary Glindon, who attended an event in Parliament to highlight the disease, said: 'We heard how people can suffer many symptoms including insomnia, depression, and hallucinations and that it robs people of their independence. But the Parkinson's charity makes a persuasive case that through more research, improved services, and empowering people with Parkinson’s to take control can turn lives around.'

The North Tyneside MP met Parkinson’s UK president and actress Jane Asher, and people affected by Parkinson’s including Paul McCourt, who has had Parkinson’s for five years and said he ‘crumbled’ when he first heard his diagnosis.

Parkinson’s UK wants to see quality services as standard for the
127,000 people like Paul with Parkinson’s in the UK. They also want people with Parkinson’s to feel empowered to take control of their lives, and to take part in clinical trials in their local area to help find better treatments and a cure in years not decades.

Parkinson’s UK Chief Executive Steve Ford said: 'It’s brilliant Mary Glindon has signed up to help us bring forward the day when no-one fears Parkinson’s. With their support, together we can turn around the lives of people with Parkinson’s.'

For advice, information and support, visit or call our free, confidential helpline on 0808 800 0303.

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Staff at Soil Machine Dynamics (SMD) based in my constituency are facing up to 80 redundancies this Christmas after the company was forced to suspend its largest order to date, as a result of it being denied an export licence in the wake of EU sanctions against Russia.

I am in regular touch with both the management and the workforce and I have contacted the Minister’s office and asked for an urgent meeting in respect of this matter.

My constituent, and a staff member at SMD, has filed a Government e-petition calling on the Export Control Organisation to reconsider this Export Licence decision, and asks if people would like to add their name.

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  • Mary Glindon MP passed on Christmas greetings to postmen and women at the North Tyneside Delivery Office
  • Christmas is Royal Mail’s busiest time of the year. Ms Glindon saw the hard work and dedication of local postal workers who  sort and deliver festive mail
  • The last recommended posting dates for Christmas are:  Second Class – Saturday  19 December 2015, First Class- Monday 21 December 2015 and Special Delivery -  Wednesday 23 December

Mary Glindon MP has visited Royal Mail’s North Tyneside Delivery Office to pass on Christmas wishes and encouragement to postmen and women at their busiest time of year.

Ms Glindon was shown around the office by Delivery Office Manager, Keith Jobling, and was introduced to the postmen and women who are working hard sorting and delivering mail in the North Tyneside area during the Festive season.

Mary Glindon MP, said: “There is a huge amount of effort and dedication that goes into delivering a first class Christmas at Royal Mail’s busiest time of year. It was great to meet the team here at North Tyneside.

“Our postal workers do such an important job at this time of year and I would like to thank them for their efforts and wish them all the best over the busy festive period.”

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