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Hospital charity Blue Skies Hospitals Fund has welcomed a visit by Gordon.

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He visited the charity office in Blackpool Victoria Hospital to speak to Head of Fundraising Kila Redfearn about the work it does to support patients of Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Gordon offered his ideas to broaden the awareness and support that Blue Skies receives in and around Blackpool.

Kila said: “We are delighted Gordon was able to take the time to come and visit us, and to hear about the work we do to enhance the care patients receive under NHS care in Blackpool.

"He was very interested to hear about the history of our charity, the work we have been doing and our focus for the year. He was able to offer some very valuable guidance using his contacts for the area which we are keen to follow up on straight away.

"We very much look forward to welcoming him into our offices again."

Gordon also met other members of the team during his visit last week.

He said: "It was good to have the opportunity to be briefed by Kila and her colleagues on the work and initiatives that Blue Skies is doing across the Hospital Trust - not just at the Vic - to enhance patient support and for the families that support them, and not least in the current challenging day to day circumstances which the NHS is experiencing. 

"It is always important to recognise and value all the traditional support that volunteers give day in and day out across the NHS in Blackpool but the new ideas events Blue Skies can bring is a proactive element as well, and I look forward to seeing its progress."

Hospital charity Blue Skies welcomes Gordon

Hospital charity Blue Skies Hospitals Fund has welcomed a visit by Gordon. He visited the charity office in Blackpool Victoria Hospital to speak to Head of Fundraising Kila Redfearn about the...

Gordon has met with constituent Molly Powell, a 20-year-old student at Liverpool University, who is raising funds for the continuation of the International Citizen Service (ICS).

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The ICS provide voluntary placements for students such as Molly to overseas countries, who in the summer will travel out to Bangladesh for ten weeks to help girls in education.

Gordon met with Molly at his constituency office to discuss how she became involved in the initiative and why she is fundraising for the ICS and the different fundraising events she is pursing. She is currently volunteering with the Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), which supports the ICS with their efforts to tackle poverty overseas.

After meeting Molly, Gordon commented: “I was very pleased to meet Molly and hear about her exciting plans to go to volunteer in Bangladesh over the summer - she is a credit to her family and the local community with her work. As someone who is passionate about education, I know how crucial it is to improving people’s life chances and opportunities, wherever they are in the world.”

The History and Politics student has decided to volunteer with the VSO in Bangladesh to help young Bangladeshi’s to become more involved in local governance, education whilst also raising awareness of their sexual and reproductive health rights.

As part of her voluntary placement Molly needs to raise money for the continuation of the ICS program (90% is funded through the Department for International Development, with the remaining 10% of the funding being raised by their volunteers).

She has decided to raise her funds through cake sales and an exhilarating skydive. She has also set up a Just-Giving page so that members of the public can donate – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/molly-powell1

Gordon backs student fundraiser Molly in efforts to help Bangladeshi women in education

Gordon has met with constituent Molly Powell, a 20-year-old student at Liverpool University, who is raising funds for the continuation of the International Citizen Service (ICS). The ICS provide voluntary...

Gordon has accused Tory Ministers of “failing to protect Blackpool” after figures revealed Lancashire Constabulary is to face further cuts of over £3 million (£3.097m) in real terms over the next 12 months.

Gordon, ahead of Labour challenging them on police cuts in today’s Commons debate, said: “Our police are at breaking point and further cuts of over £3 million for Lancashire this year will only worsen the situation here in Blackpool.

“Blackpool is a unique town with millions of visitors coming here all year around but we receive no extra resources to help with that. The Government are not just failing them but also the safety of local residents and the thousands of small businesses that serve the town.”

Despite having millions of visitors each year, Lancashire has been left with 799 fewer officers since 2010 - at a time when crime in the county has increased by 13%. The recent spike of attacks towards bus and taxi drivers and the continued presence at the Preston New Road fracking site have left the police at “breaking point”.

Gordon added: “Taxi drivers, small business owners and the local bus company have been contacting me for the last year about anti-social behaviour, including some groups of youths targeting them with stones and eggs. I and my office have raised these cases with the local police. They would be able to operate better if it wasn’t for the level of Government cuts.”

Since 2010, Lancashire has also lost 162 PCSOs and its neighbourhood policing cut back – a point Gordon made in his question to David Cameron on counter terrorism at PMQs in 2015. It’s nearly a year since the Manchester terror attacks and the Government have only put in half the funding the counter terror police had requested to combat the rise in the terror treat level.

Gordon also criticised the Tory Government’s decision to allow fracking on the Fylde but not contribute to the costs of policing the protests. Gordon spoke to the PCC Clive Grunshaw and Lancashire Chief Constable Andy Rhodes last year about the situation at Preston New Road. Gordon said: “I firmly believe that both the Home Office and Cuadrilla should be paying towards the costs of policing the site and not local residents.”

Speaking back in June last year, former Lancashire Chief Constable Steve Finnegan said: "I have always been pretty consistent about my views on the cuts and the scale and the pace of them have been too deep and too quick. I am saying now that the cracks are appearing.”

Tory Ministers “failing to protect Blackpool” with further cuts of over £3 million to police funding says Gordon

Gordon has accused Tory Ministers of “failing to protect Blackpool” after figures revealed Lancashire Constabulary is to face further cuts of over £3 million (£3.097m) in real terms over the...

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