I have taken up the opportunity given by William Hill in Flint to place a charity bet. This bet has been provided by William Hill to show support for their campaign ‘Football Shirt Friday’. They are running this campaign in partnership with the Bobby Moore Fund for Bowel Cancer Research.
I was given a £50 charity bet on a market of his choice and he chose to put it on the Liverpool v. West Bromwich Albion game. The winnings will go to a local charity of my choice.
For the third year running, William Hill are sponsoring and taking part in Football Shirt Friday 2017 in partnership with the Bobby Moore Fund, as part of our Close to HOME community commitment, which looks to support the areas where we are based as a company.
For a £2 donation, William Hill colleagues and customers will be wearing their shirt on Football Shirt Friday itself, 27th April. Alongside promoting bowel cancer awareness information in all their shops over the last two campaigns, William Hill as a company have contributed just over £144,000 in sponsorship and fundraising to the Fund in that time and this year are funding a project to increase participation in a nationwide bowel cancer screening programme.
I am very grateful to William Hill for giving me this opportunity to place a charity bet and to help raise awareness of the fantastic Bobby Moore Fund for Bowel Cancer Research. I have long campaigned in Parliament to raise awareness of bowel cancer and this is another great way that businesses and people can come together to raise money for a fantastic cause.
In April alone 188 people in Wales will be diagnosed with bowel cancer and 77 people will die of the disease. It’s the nation’s second biggest cancer killer and that is why we need to redouble our efforts to tackle it. I hope that people will take part in Football Shirt Day on the 27 April 2018 to raise money to improve our understanding of this terrible disease.
I’m sure Liverpool won’t let me down this weekend against West Brom and I look forward to giving the winnings to a local charity.
My colleague, Louise Haigh MP, secured a much needed debate in Parliament on the fall in life expectancy across the UK. I was able to use this debate to once again tell some hard truths to the Government minister in attendance.
Child poverty in some wards in Delyn is now reaching 50%. Child mortality is also rising across the UK. Action is needed now to stem the tide of growing poverty. If not this Government will have created a lost generation.
The Inspector of Probation gets paid in excess of £140,000 a year. For that she is expected to evaluate the Government’s performance and handling of the probation services. An important job as this is vital in ensuring that ex-offenders are rehabilitated and do not commit crimes again.
I recently discovered that Dame Glenys Stacey, HM Inspector of Probation, is now working two jobs: one for the Ministry of Justice in her current role and the other advising Michael Gove MP in DEFRA. I was informed by the Departments involved that Dame Glenys will be giving up 2 days a week in her role as Inspector and still receive the same pay and conditions.
I was shocked at the responses I got to my questions, as were the whole of the Justice Committee. It is clearly wrong that someone undertaking such an important job is now only working on it 3 days a week. Even the minister, when pressed later on by myself, agreed that this was not the best situation to be in.
As part of my role as Chair of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Modern Slavery Project I brought together members of Commonwealth parliaments and key stakeholders in the battle against modern slavery. In particular the deeply concerning use of bogus orphanages to syphon money and resources away from the needy.
The meeting was arranged to coincide with the Commonwealth heads of government in London.
An estimated 8 million children live in orphanages and other institutions across the world. More than 80 years of research has demonstrated that children raised in institutions are more likely to suffer life-long physical and psychological harm and experience dramatically reduced life chances.
Over 80 percent of children in institutions are not ‘orphans’ and have at least one living parent. Poverty, disability, and marginalization tear children from their families. Institutions often promise food, shelter and education – yet these promises are rarely delivered. There is a growing body of evidence highlighting how many children are being exploited: trafficked in and out of institutions, becoming victims of modern slavery. Read more “Modern Slavery: Orphanages”