Saturday, 20 October 2018

Row, row, row your boat...

It was good to meet some of the Team Tyne Innovation crew who are preparing to row the Atlantic as part of the 3000 mile Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, the world's toughest rowing race. We met in Wylam where I was shown their boat, which is neither big nor comfy for such an epic adventure. My thanks to the many local sponsors who are helping to make this incredible adventure a reality. If you want to support them and find out more see here: 

Friday, 19 October 2018

Let's talk about mental health

Last week Councillor Cath Homer and I met with two local people wanting to make a real difference. Toni and Verity are passionate about improving the mental health offer for both young people, and their parents/adults in Hexham. We discussed their plans at length and I will do all we can to help them progress with their project. The project is entirely voluntary, needs supporters and is at an early stage, but if any Hexham schools are eager to have a supportive voluntary partner helping to deal with mental health issues then they should get in touch with me via email at

Mental health can affect any of us, so it is inspiring to meet people working to improve mental health care and support in our local area. 

Thursday, 18 October 2018

'wear it pink'- TOMORROW

Tomorrow is Breast Cancer Now's annual 'wear it pink' fundraiser day, raising money for vital breast cancer research. The event takes place every year in Breast Cancer Awareness Month and has so far raised over £31 million towards Breast Cancer Now’s important work, aiming that by 2050 everyone who develops breast cancer will live and live well.

Anyone can take part in ‘wear it pink’- at work, school or in your local community. All you need to do is wear something pink or hold a pink themed event and donate to Breast Cancer Now. Each year around 11,500 women and 80 men lose their lives to the disease, so let’s all make a difference and wear it pink tomorrow!