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Nick Smith MP has thanked the club that got him up and running on the way to his bid for the London Marathon.

The Blaenau Gwent MP will be running the marathon for Hospice of the Valleys, which provides palliative care to more than 500 people every year.

Now as he gets his fundraising effort underway, Nick praised Parc Bryn Bach Running Club for getting people like him on the road to better health.

The club’s Parkrun on Saturdays has proven to be a big hit and the club has everything from competition runners and marathon entrants to people of all ages getting their first taste of long distance running.

“The running club are the reason I’m able to even attempt this marathon for the Hospice. They’ve been so supportive and giving me lots of tips for the big day”, said Nick.

“Everyone should come down and give Parkrun a go, especially if they haven’t done much physical activity in a while. It’s bustling and friendly and a real community Blaenau Gwent should be proud of”.

Nick would like to thank the The Rookery in Llangattock, who helped raise £100 for his fundraising efforts by offering a Parkrun raffle winner a Sunday lunch for two.

To donate to Nick’s London Marathon 2018 run for the Hospice of the Valleys, visit https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/NickSmithLondon2018

For more information on Parkun, visit http://www.parkrun.org.uk/brynbach/

The Hospice will also be holding a fundraising six mile race on the 22nd April at Parc Bryn Bach, Tredegar. For more information and to register visit http://hospiceofthevalleys.org.uk/event/six-mile-race-2018/

Nick thanks local running club for Marathon backing

Nick Smith MP has thanked the club that got him up and running on the way to his bid for the London Marathon.

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Nick Smith MP is swapping the corridors of Parliament for the streets of London as he prepares to run his first ever marathon for the Hospice of the Valleys.

The Blaenau Gwent MP will be taking on the 26.2 mile run to raise money for the borough-based charity, which provides palliative care to more than 500 people every year.

Mr Smith has been one of the regulars at Parc Bryn Bach’s Park Run for the last year, but has already been putting the hours in to make the step up to the April 22nd challenge.

Speaking at the launch of the fundraising drive at the Hospice, Mr Smith said he couldn’t think of better reason to put himself through the gruelling endeavour.

“I’ve already been out in the snow, rain and dark evenings to work my way up to this, The Hospice is a real treasure on our doorstep and deserves as much support as possible”, he said.

“They’ve touched so many lives across the borough and it’ll be a privilege to pound the pavements for them.

“I’m sure I’ll regret it a few hours in and it’s a big ask but it’s all for a very good cause.”

Grant Usmar, Chief Executive of Hospice of the Valleys, said: “It is great news that our local MP has chosen to run in the London Marathon in support of our work.

“I know that he has been training in all weathers and we look forward to cheering him round the course on April 22nd.

“We hope that people will get behind him and help raise sponsorship to support his efforts. Funds raised with be used to enable the Hospice of the Valleys team to continue to help hundreds of families across Blaenau Gwent.

“They will be able to provide care and support at the time when families need it most, when they are dealing with the consequences of living with a life-limiting illness.”

To donate to Nick’s London Marathon 2018 run for the Hospice of the Valleys, visit https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/NickSmithLondon2018

The Hospice will also be holding a fundraising six mile race on the 22nd April at Parc Bryn Bach, Tredegar. For more information and to register visit http://hospiceofthevalleys.org.uk/event/six-mile-race-2018/

Nick enters London Marathon 2018 for Hospice

Nick Smith MP is swapping the corridors of Parliament for the streets of London as he prepares to run his first ever marathon for the Hospice of the Valleys.

Nick Smith MP is calling on constituents to pay tribute to victims and survivors alike in the run up to Holocaust Memorial Day.

The Blaenau Gwent MP signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment this week as part of a pledge to honour those murdered during the Holocaust.

Saturday 27th January will mark the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, the site of the largest mass murder in history.

After signing the Book of Commitment, Mr Smith said: “Holocaust Memorial Day is an important opportunity for people from Blaenau Gwent and across the country to reflect on the tragic events of the Holocaust.

“As the Holocaust moves from living history it becomes ever more important that we take the time to remember the victims and also pay tribute to the survivors. I would encourage my constituents to show their support for such an important day.”

In the lead up to and on Holocaust Memorial Day, thousands of commemorative events will be arranged by schools, faith groups and community organisations across the country, remembering all the victims of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides. 

Karen Pollock MBE, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said:  “The Holocaust did not start in the gas chambers but with hate filled words. Our mission is to educate young people from every background about the Holocaust and its contemporary relevance.

“We are very grateful to Nick Smith MP for signing the Book of Commitment, signalling a continued commitment to remembering the victims of the Holocaust as well as challenging antisemitism, prejudice and bigotry in all its forms.”

Backing Holocaust Memorial Day 2018

Nick Smith MP is calling on constituents to pay tribute to victims and survivors alike in the run up to Holocaust Memorial Day.


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