This is a piece from the Courier in which I spoke up for the great work being done by the RNLI locally, nationally and internationally https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/politics/uk-politics/980236/fife-mp-rows-to-defence-of-rnli-following-foreign-aid-upset/
North East Fife MP pledges support for Runway Runaround at Leuchars runway
North East Fife MP Stephen Gethins has pledged to get his trainers on and take off in support of Maggie’s Fife’s newest fundraiser – Runway Run-Around – a 5 mile run or walk around the runway at Leuchars Army base on 20th October 2019.
Stephen Gethins MP, who has pledged to take part, said:
“Maggie’s is a fantastic charity and we are lucky in North East Fife to have support from both Maggie’s Fife and Maggie’s Dundee close at hand. The Runway Run-Around at Leuchars Station is a great idea which will raise vital funds for Maggie’s and allow its cancer caring centres to continue their great work. This will be a great event for all the family and I hope lots of people will sign up and enjoy the chance to run around the iconic Leuchars runway, while supporting Maggie’s at the same time.”
Lucky participants will gain behind the scenes access to this historical site, passing aircraft hangers, bunkers and crash walls, all whilst taking in the spectacular views of the east coast of Scotland.
To register visit www.maggiescentres.org/runwayrunaround £15 for adults and £10 for under 16’s and participants are asked to raise a minimum of £100.
Maggie’s Fife Centre Fundraising Manager, Tu Edwards, said:
“We are delighted that Stephen Gethins MP has pledge to support Maggie’s in this way. We are so excited about this event and hope that others will join us to help our incredible centre. Maggie’s Fife has experienced an increase in visitor numbers this year. There is a real need for our work. Events like this means we can strive to be there for everyone with cancer.”
Built in the grounds of Victoria Hospital, Maggie’s Fife is a warm and welcoming place, with qualified professionals on hand to offer an evidence-based core programme of support that has been shown to improve physical and emotional wellbeing.
Maggie’s Fife relies on voluntary donations to support and grow its network of Centres and to develop its unique, high quality programme of support. The charity’s aim is to make the biggest difference possible to people living with cancer and their family and friends.
To find out more about Maggie’s Fife and to see how the Centre supports people living with cancer across Fife please visit the Centre at Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy or get in touch on 01592 647997, firstname.lastname@example.org.
North East Fife MP Stephen Gethins has thanked the team at Bridgend Services for inviting him to officially open the new £2 million service station in Freuchie.
Owners Steve Cunningham and Elaine Houston, who run the service station with their daughter Abbie and son Craig, have made a massive investment in this site, increasing the size of the 24-hour service station and boosting local employment from six to 20.
The family business is a huge asset to the local community as well as providing passing motorists with fuel and a wide selection of groceries including fresh takeaway meals from Stuarts, the well-known local bakery.
Stephen Gethins MP said: “Good luck to everyone; it’s great to see a service station bucking the national trend thanks to a lot of hard work and determination. Thanks also to local councillor David MacDiarmid for his work supporting the family and their plans.”
Parliament should not have been shut down Boris Johnson. These next few weeks are critical and all MPs should be sitting in the House of Commons doing what we can to avoid a disastrous No Deal Brexit. However, while I am at home in the constituency, I will continue to work with colleagues across the political divide to do what we can to stop this damaging Tory government. I will also be out and about trying to meet as many people as I can during this time, and I look forward to hearing your views.
Benevolent Fund aims to double its reach to mark 100th anniversary
A military charity set up to help anyone with links to the RAF, has launched an ambitious goal to mark its centenary year.
The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund – which assists veterans, serving personnel, their families, reservists and anyone who did National Service – hopes to almost double the number of people it helps from 53,000 to 100,000 over the next three years.
I have assisted a number of constituents, both serving and former RAF personnel, who did not know where to turn, and it is good to know that the Benevolent Fund is there to offer support.
Set up by Lord Trenchard in October 1919, a year after he helped to launch the world’s first independent air force, the RAF Benevolent Fund’s vision of making sure that no veteran faced hardship alone, is still going strong.
Last year the Fund spent £21 million supporting RAF Family across the UK and now hopes to extend its reach to those who may not realise they are entitled to assistance. Support services include financial grants, mental wellbeing and emotional support, care home top-up payments and respite services.
By working in partnership with other organisations including the Church of Scotland, Scottish Rugby and the University of the Highlands and Islands amongst others, the charity hopes to encourage more applications for support.
The Fund’s centenary project has also received the backing of North East Fife MP Stephen Gethins who said it is important that as many people as possible are made aware of the assistance available to them.
He said: “North East Fife has a long and proud association with the RAF with many families and veterans choosing to make this area their home. I know that many service personnel are reluctant to ask for help but it is important that they know they are eligible for it and it is also there for their families. I have assisted a number of constituents, both serving and former RAF personnel, who did not know where to turn, and it is good to know that the Benevolent Fund is there to offer support.”
The local MP added: “It was good to meet Gavin Davey, RAF Benevolent Fund Director for Scotland, Northern Ireland and North-East England, and hear more about how the charity hopes to reach people who are not on their radar but who would benefit significantly from their help. I have copies of the RAF Benevolent Fund Guide to Services in the constituency office and would be happy to hear from anyone who thinks they would benefit from assistance.”
The guide is also available at www.rafbf.org
Stephen Gethins MP calls on local businesses and organisations to follow suit and sign up to dementia training
The North East Fife constituency office of Stephen Gethins MP has become one of the first in the UK to be designated ‘Dementia Friendly’.
The local MP and his staff took the opportunity to have training with representatives of Dementia Friendly St Andrews project and Ruth McCabe of Fife Council, who has been delivering training across the Kingdom.
Stephen Gethins MP said: “The Dementia Friendly programme is so important, and I am glad to see many local businesses, especially in St Andrews and Cupar, taking this on. It is also good to hear that all Fife councillors and staff are also being trained up and that so many organisations and charities like Fife Carers, for example, are on board.
“People with dementia and their families need support and we need to increase our understanding of how we give that support and make their lives easier. I am very grateful to Lesley Haines, her daughter Vanessa and granddaughter Maisie, for raising the profile of dementia training locally, and also to Dr Maggie Ellis of the University of St Andrews, who is working with them as part of her research into the disease, and to mark their efforts I put down a parliamentary motion https://edm.parliament.uk/early-day-motion/53198/importance-of-dementia-friendly-training-for-mps-offices
“It is important to me that the constituency office and my parliamentary advice surgeries are as open and accessible as possible and if someone comes to us then we may be able to recognise this and help them. People with dementia and their families should feel welcome and part of our communities and I hope that we can help inspire other local businesses and organisations to become Dementia Friendly too.”
Vanessa Dury, whose father Jack Haines had Alzheimer’s disease for 13 years, said that while it was sometimes difficult because of his illness, her father benefitted from continuing to enjoy his favourite pastimes and socialising.
The family have now created a new leaflet which offers a guide to events taking place in the St Andrews area that are suitable for people with dementia including cinema nights and groups like the Men’s Shed.
She said: “It is really important that people with dementia can continue to enjoy and benefit from social interaction and we hope that by producing these leaflets and talking to businesses and organisations that they will embrace the Dementia Friendly project which is good for everyone, not just those with dementia.”
Ruth McCabe, who led the training, said that with one in three people over 65 likely to be diagnosed with some form of dementia, it is vital that we get over the ‘immobilizing’ fear of the disease. She said that early diagnosis can also make all the difference to the person’s quality of life going forward and indeed prolong it.
“If people are diagnosed early enough and are put on the right medication then they can continue to go on and have a good quality of life and with the right support, can avoid reaching a crisis point before they need help. Our hope is that the more people who take part in the training and have a better understanding of dementia, the easier it will be to support those who have it and those who care for them.”
For more information on how you can become Dementia Friendly visit https://www.dementiafriendsscotland.org/