I am supporting ‘The Daily Mile’ campaign being run in partnership between ITV and INEOS.
The Daily Mile is a simple and free initiative that gives children the opportunity to get out of the classroom for fifteen minutes every day to run or jog with their classmates. Academic research that has been undertaken has revealed significant results, with children becoming fitter, healthier and more able to concentrate in the classroom. ‘The Daily Mile’ was first introduced by a headteacher at St Ninians Primary School in Scotland.
A dedicated call centre for teachers and parents has been set up to provide information about the initiative and how they might get involved. Teachers and parents can also find out further details on The Daily Mile website where they can sign up to join the initiative www.thedailymile.co.uk.
‘The Daily Mile’ is encouraging all schools to sign up to this scheme. It already has the formal backing of the Welsh Government.
Physical health is important and I know that schools in Flintshire are working hard to ensure that all children grow up happy and healthy. ‘The Daily Mile’ is an excellent initiative which allows children get to out and active.
I hope that headteachers in Delyn will adopt this scheme and get in contact with ‘The Daily Mile’ to show their support. The Welsh Government have led the way in giving this scheme their backing. I want to work with my colleagues in Westminster to ensure that every child in the UK has access to this scheme and that teachers have the support they need to implement it.
I joined with Pancreatic Cancer UK for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness month, which takes place throughout November, to ensure that people in Delyn know of the facts of pancreatic cancer.
At the event in Parliament, I was informed that, sadly, 102 people in North Wales died of pancreatic cancer in 2015 alone and 142 were diagnosed. Shockingly, a ComRes poll carried out by Pancreatic Cancer UK in 2017 found that 35% of adults in the UK would not be worried if they had a few of the potential symptoms of pancreatic cancer.
Unless action is taken now, pancreatic cancer will become the 4th biggest cancer killer by 2026. Read more “Supporting Pancreatic Cancer UK”
I have demonstrated my support for women and men living with breast cancer this October by attending the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Breast Cancer’s (APPGBC) Reception at the House of Commons last Wednesday 26th October.
More people are developing breast cancer than ever before – with 50,000 women and around 350 men diagnosed every year in the UK – and around 11,500 patients lose their lives to the disease each year.
Attended by more than 100 representatives from the breast cancer community, including 45 MPs, the APPGBC reception was held in support of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, to keep the issues that matter most to breast cancer patients high on the parliamentary agenda.
With MPs, Peers, civil servants, health professionals, patients and charity representatives in attendance, the APPGBC announced the launch of a new parliamentary inquiry into geographical inequalities in breast cancer services across England. Read more “Showing Support for women and men affected by breast cancer”
Today, I signed up to be a Defibrillator Champion for Delyn.
Every single year in the UK, 30,000 people suffer a sudden cardiac arrest. Sadly, just less than 1-in-10 survive. It’s time to take action.
As part of European Restart a Heart Day I visited The Oliver King Foundation at their launch event in Westminster to show support.
The Oliver King Foundation setup following the tragic death of 12-year-old Oliver King from a sudden cardiac arrest, which kills 12 young people every single week. Oliver was winning a swimming race at school. Read more “Becoming a Defibrillator Champion for Delyn”