Meeting Breast Cancer Now

I had a really productive meeting with Breast Cancer Now in Parliament today to chat about what we can do to increase early diagnosis of breast cancer. Looking forward to working together!

Hoyland Post Office Update

Following my previous post regarding Hoyland Post Office, I’ve been in touch with Post Office again to ask for an update with regards to what is happening with this important local service. They have confirmed that they have interest from two retailers and are confident they will have at least one completed application in the very near future. Once one, or both, have been returned, the application and business plan will be sent for financial scrutiny and if they successfully pass this stage, interviews can be scheduled. If successful at interview, they can then make an appointment and undertake final planning for the new Post Office. I’ll continue to press Post Office on this issue and will provide updates as and when I receive further information.

Supporting the Royal College of Nursing

I heard first-hand from Barnsley’s Katherine and other members of The Royal College of Nursing in Parliament today about the pressures they’re facing, and the urgent need to end the workforce crisis in our health services.

Ardsley Picnic in the Park

There was lots happening at the Picnic in the Park in Ardsley - stalls, games and a band.It was good to meet Abs who ran the curry eating competition, and have a go at the Scouts' coconut shy.

Attending Barnsley Pride

A wonderful Barnsley Pride today ❤️💙💚💛🧡

Great Houghton family fun day

It was lovely to pop in to the Great Houghton Family Fun Day, and help out with the tombola with local councillors Anita and Dorothy.

Attending the opening of the Library @ The LightBox

I attended the brilliant opening of the amazing new Barnsley Library @ The Lightbox.It will be a wonderful space for local people.And lots of activities have been going on all day from Peter Rabbit to a brass band.Come and explore it.

Attending the Mayor of Barnsley's charity ball

I had a wonderful evening at the Mayor of Barnsley’s charity ball.It was my first time as auctioneer raising money for two fantastic charities, BIADS​ and Age UK Barnsley, with brilliant entertainment from Holly Tandy and the great Neil Diamondo.

Visiting BSARCS

I visited Barnsley Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Services​ to drop off the sponsorship I raised running the London Marathon for them.It was lovely to chat to the team and see their new building.They do such amazing work.Thank you again to everyone who donated to such an important cause.

Alzheimer's Society photo exhibition

I visited a fascinating photo exhibition in Parliament on dementia care by the Alzheimer's Society​.A sobering depiction of the human impact of a broken care system facilitating a crisis in dementia care.