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Nick Smith MP was promoting pink at Westminster to support Breast Cancer Now’s vital research.

The Blaenau Gwent MP dressed in pink to lend his support to Breast Cancer Now’s flagship fundraiser,wear it pink, which will see thousands of people across the UK adding a splash of pink to their outfits on Friday 20 October and raise vital funds for breast cancer research.

Mr Smith is encouraging constituents to join him and sign up to take part in the UK’s biggest pink fundraiser. The event, which takes place during October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, is in its sixteenth year and has raised over £30m to date for Breast Cancer Now’s life-saving research.

Speaking at the launch, Mr Smith urged people to take part and help tackle one of the most common cancers in the UK.

“One in eight women will face it in their lifetime, and every year around 11,500 women and 80 men lose their lives to the disease,” he said.

“wear it pink on Friday 20 October is such a fun and easy way to support Breast Cancer Now’s vital research, and help stop breast cancer taking the lives of those we love”

Baroness Delyth Morgan, Chief Executive at Breast Cancer Now, said: “It is fantastic that so many MPs dressed up in pink at our Westminster wear it pink event and we are really grateful for all of the support and enthusiasm shown.

Wear it pink is a wonderful opportunity for communities across the UK to come together and have fun, whilst showing their support for everyone affected by breast cancer.

“Simply by wearing something pink and donating, you’re raising funds for life-saving research and helping Breast Cancer Now reach our goal that, by 2050, everyone who develops breast cancer will live.”

Anyone can take part in wear it pink, which brings together schools, workplaces and communities. All you need to do is wear something pink, or hold a pink event at home, work or school, and make a donation to Breast Cancer Now.

To take part in wear it pink this October, please visit wearitpink.org/2017 for further details, fundraising ideas and how to register for your free fundraising pack.

Joining the campaign against breast cancer

Nick Smith MP was promoting pink at Westminster to support Breast Cancer Now’s vital research.

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Nick Smith MP has urged Blaenau Gwent charities and community groups to apply for their share of a £4m pot from the People’s Postcode Lottery

Applications for the latest round of funding are now open and will close on the 28th August, with more than 400 projects across Britain in the last round of funding.

Mr Smith said the cash could have a tremendous impact in grass roots projects across the borough.

“I know many local charities and community groups do fantastic work on very limited budgets but securing extra funds can make a huge difference both for the charity and the local people it supports,” he said.

“I urge all local charities and groups to consider making an application to this funding raised by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery and to do so now.  It is not difficult to make an application so I hope as many local groups as possible get involved.”

Both charities and community groups are eligible to apply for the grants of between £500 and £20,000.

The funding will be allocated through one of three Trusts, which support different categories of projects:

  • People’s Postcode Trust seeks applications for projects that focus on the prevention of poverty, promotion of human rights, equal rights and conflict resolution for some of society’s most vulnerable groups.
  • Postcode Local Trust supports wildlife, sustainability, play areas and green spaces.
  • Postcode Community Trust focuses on grass-roots sports, arts, recreation and healthy living programmes.

With previously funded projects ranging from sports clubs, to mental health groups, to wildlife conservation charities, this is a fantastic opportunity for groups to access funding to make a difference in the local community.

For more information on how to apply for funding, please visit the Trusts’ websites:

www.postcodetrust.org.uk

www.postcodelocaltrust.org.uk

www.postcodecommunitytrust.org.uk

Nick urges charities to apply for £4m funding pot

Nick Smith MP has urged Blaenau Gwent charities and community groups to apply for their share of a £4m pot from the People’s Postcode Lottery

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Nick Smith MP is asking businesses to back a summer challenge to support disabled employees into work.

The Blaenau Gwent has signed up to the Disability Confident scheme, which aims to make employers more inclusive and open up their workforce to disabled people.

As part of the scheme he is writing to borough businesses to get them to sign up before the end of the summer.

Speaking after the launch, Mr Smith said his previous campaigning to save the Abertillery Remploy factory had driven home the extra difficulties disabled employees have to get into the world of work.

“Disabled people make up a fifth of the working age population, and our local employers could be missing out on a large proportion of the talent in our community”, he said.

“I hope this will be a start of lots more Blaenau Gwent employers becoming Disability Confident and improved opportunities for local disabled people to realise their potential in the workplace.”

The challenge is part of a national campaign to support employers to increase the diversity of their workforce and offer opportunities to disabled jobseekers, including work experience, apprenticeships, work trials and employment.

It has three levels for employers to attain from Committed all the way up to Leader.

For more information, visit www.gove.uk/disability-confident

Backing the Disability Confident scheme

Nick Smith MP is asking businesses to back a summer challenge to support disabled employees into work.


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