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28 Oct

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Anthony Nolan – more young lifesavers!

October 28, 2014 | By | No Comments

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Poplar and Limehouse MP, Jim Fitzpatrick, is supporting a blood cancer charity’s campaign to find more teenage lifesavers.

Jim is backing Anthony Nolan’s ‘Save a Life At 16’ campaign in a bid to help the charity save the lives of more blood cancer patients.

The campaign sees the charity attempt to persuade HMRC to include details of the Anthony Nolan bone marrow donor register when it writes to young people with their National Insurance numbers in advance of their 16th birthdays.

The charity has pledged to cover all associated costs and hopes this would encourage more 16-year-olds to join the register. This is important as young people are more likely to be chosen as stem cell donors by transplant doctors.

The charity hopes that if young people are informed about the chance to save the lives of people with cancers such as leukaemia, many more will step forward to register, with an increase of up to 25 per cent in the number of young donors predicted.

Jim, who has written to HMRC and the Public Health Minister to ask them to support the plan, said

“I am delighted to provide my support to Anthony Nolan’s campaign to find more young lifesavers. The chances of receiving the best possible match if you are from a black, Asian or ethnic background currently stands at only 20 per cent. I believe this is a real opportunity for Government to work with Anthony Nolan not only to raise awareness of the need for more young people on the bone marrow donor register, but also to save the lives of people with blood cancer. Poplar and Limehouse currently ranks #248 on the donor register – lets change this!”

Henny Braund, Chief Executive of Anthony Nolan, said: “Every year in the UK around 2,000 people with blood cancer need stem cell donations from a stranger. We believe young people are passionate about helping others, but they also need to be well informed about the chances open to them.

“By agreeing to our proposal, the government can make it easier for people as young as 16 to become lifesavers.”

The news comes shortly after Anthony Nolan revealed that 867 in Poplar and Limehouse are on the bone marrow donor register.

27 Oct

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First World War funding for heritage projects available for communities

October 27, 2014 | By | No Comments

Jim Fitzpatrick MP urges local Poplar and Limehouse communities to apply for National Lottery money available to mark the Centenary

On Wednesday 22nd October, Jim Fitzpatrick MP for Poplar and Limehouse attended a House of Commons event hosted by TV historian Dan Snow, to find out how people from his constituency can secure Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) money to help them mark the Centenary of the First World War.

The event showcased just a handful of over 1000 First World War projects taking place across the UK, thanks to more than £60million of investment from HLF.

Grants of between £3,000 to £10,000 will continue to be available throughout the Centenary through HLF’s ‘First World War: then and now’ programme which is enabling people to explore, conserve and share their First World War heritage.  Groups that need a grant of more than £10,000 for a project can apply to HLF through its open programmes.

Projects on display showed the breadth and scale of First World War stories being explored and shared across the country:

  • in Coventry, young people have been researching the rise and decline of women’s football during and following the end of the War;
  • groups across Hertfordshire have uncovered the stories of those remembered on local war memorials across the county;
  • in Belfast a project has been exploring why Irish nationalists volunteered to fight for the British army during the conflict; and
  • a stone memorial has been created in Derby to recognise the contribution of the very many Sikhs who served in the war

Jim Fitzpatrick MP, said: “The projects and stories I’ve seen here today have been an inspiration.  It’s so important that we remember the impact of this war one hundred years on. There is still time to apply for money and I would urge anyone in my constituency with an idea for their own project to get in touch with HLF.”

Carole Souter, Chief Executive of HLF, said: “It’s been wonderful to see so many communities take up this opportunity to explore how the First World War affected their local area. So many interesting and unexpected stories have been uncovered, helping us to develop a rich and long-lasting picture of how this momentous conflict touched and shaped every corner of the UK.”

The event also saw the launch of Historypin’s First World War Centenary hub. The hub is a free online space where people right across the UK can share all the historical and contemporary photographs, films and audios clips that have been collected while marking the Centenary of the First World War.  It has been developed in partnership with HLF, Jisc, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Imperial War Museums.

More information on how to apply for HLF funding is available at www.hlf.org.uk

17 Oct

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‘wear it pink’ day

October 17, 2014 | By | No Comments

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Jim Fitzpatrick, MP for Poplar and Limehouse has joined the fight against breast cancer by taking part in Breast Cancer Campaign’s flagship fundraiser, wear it pink day.

The theme of wear it pink this year is to ‘look good, do good’ in support of breast cancer research. On Friday 24 October people across the country will come together to find fun and stylish ways to wear pink in the office, at home or at school. Donations raised by this year’s fashion inspired event will go to Breast Cancer Campaign to fund lifesaving breast cancer research.

Jim Fitzpatrick MP says “Every year in the UK around 50,000 women and 400 men are diagnosed with breast cancer. Sadly, 12,000 women and 80 men die from this disease each year. This is why we need to support Breast Cancer Campaign’s fundraising efforts to support world-class breast cancer research that saves and improves lives, giving people quicker diagnoses and more effective treatments. I hope you’ll all join me by wearing it pink on Friday 24 October and showing your support for breast cancer research.”

wear it pink on Friday 24 October to support Breast Cancer Campaign’s lifesaving research. For more information or to register for wear it pink and receive your fundraising pack visit www.wearitpink.org.

10 Oct

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‘Give Someone a Start’

October 10, 2014 | By | No Comments

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As Lord Sugar starts his search for another new ‘Apprentice’, a group of long-term unemployed people from east London are hoping valuable work experience gained at Thames Water will help them get hired.

Labour MP for Poplar and Limehouse, Jim Fitzpatrick, spoke to the candidates who successfully completed the three-week programme called ‘Give Someone a Start’ at a presentation held at the East London Business Alliance offices in Tower Hamlets on Friday.

The scheme, first developed by London’s water supplier in 2012 and supported by the government, aims to give long-term unemployed people a foot-up on the career ladder. It shows them what employers are looking for while also equipping them with practical skills and hands-on experience in a real workplace, including one of Europe’s biggest sewage works in Beckton.

Mr Fitzpatrick said: “Often it is a lack of experience, rather than a lack of ability, which prevents people from stepping onto the career ladder. Thames Water’s Give Someone a Start programme is providing workplace experience that will help participants show potential employers what they are capable of. I wish them well in their future endeavours.”

Thames Water education manager Paul Hampton added: “Give Someone a Start is a valuable scheme giving unemployed people a taster, or in some cases, a reminder of what it’s like to be in the workplace.

“We employ more than 4,500 people at Thames Water so have a huge amount to offer in the way of advice and experience. We’re very proud of this programme which has proved in the past gets results and, most importantly, people into work.”

During the three weeks with Thames Water, participants from Islington, Stratford, East Ham and Walthamstow worked alongside staff in a range of roles at various locations across the east of the city. They were also given tips on interview techniques and CV writing and took part in a workshop to sharpen-up their IT skills.

A presentation event was held on October 3 to mark the end of the east London programme, where certificates were presented to participants by Mr Fitzpatrick and Thames Water’s Ken Oakley. They also had one-to-one sessions with the programme leaders to get feedback on how they performed and advice on next steps to get into work.

Davin Chaggar, Programme Manager, Employment and Skills at ELBA, said: “ELBA is proud to be working in partnership with Thames Water on the east London leg of their work experience programme. We have supported the scheme by providing links to jobseekers from our local boroughs including Hackney, Islington and Newham, as well as delivering fun, exciting and impactful training.

“One of our key objectives is to promote careers in science, technology, mathematics and engineering which makes Thames Water a perfect corporate partner for us.”

The east London scheme is the first of four that Thames Water will be supporting in the next eight months. The others will be in west London, Reading and Swindon.

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