Monday, 30 May 2011

Charity Quiz Night at the Diamond pub in Ponteland

The Great North Air Ambulance is an amazing charity that does sterling work on behalf of everyone in Northumberland and beyond. We run a series of social action pub nights where we all get together and raise money for a local charity. Last Friday my young team of volonteers organised the latest MP's Charity Quiz Night at the Diamond pub in Ponteland.

Supported by local Councillors they raised over £250 for the Great North Air Ambulance. The turn out was around 50 and according to all reports everyone had a great night. What was particularly special was the fact that the vast majority of people attending were under 25. Obviously I could not be there but we will hold more events like this in the summer and later in the year.

I would just like to thank all of the local businesses who contributed and provided an amazing selection of raffle prizes, and of course everyone who turned up to support the cause.

Lastly I must also say a quick thanks to my group of volunteers who made the night happen, and to Amy, in particular, who led this project and is soon off to University. She will be sorely missed.

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Guy is out of hospital and beginning his recovery

Guy is out of hospital and on the road to recovery.
On the 5th May he underwent successful surgery at The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in Queens Square, London, to remove a benign brain tumour.
He is recuperating with his family. His surgeon expects him to make a full recovery but has stressed that time off work and rest are vital after this type of surgery.
Jon and the team will continue to run the office and conduct constituency surgeries as usual. Guy returns to Queens Square for a further check-up and review in mid June when his status will be updated.

Monday, 9 May 2011

Thank You!

I wanted to write to thank all of my consituents who have sent me their best wishes in recent weeks. Never did I suspect I would be watching the AV referendum results (and the Royal Wedding!) from a hospital bed after being diagnosed with a brain tumour. These past few weeks have in many ways brought it home even more - how lucky I am to be a Member of Parliament representing the Hexham Constituency.

It is an immense privilege and a real pleasure to represent this wonderful part of our country. And whatever happens I will go on standing up for you, tackling those issues, from fuel poverty to housing and doing my utmost to make you all proud and be a good constituency MP

Whatever the future may hold, I will always work hard as a constituency MP. Standing up for your interests, taking up your cases, acting on the things that you care about.

I cannot thank you all enough for your support at this difficult time and promise to be back fighting fit championing our region as soon as possible.

Ps. Over the next couple of weeks as I get better Jade, my Constituency Office Apprentice and Max, my House of Commons Intern will be keeping the blog updated.