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Anna Turley, MP for Redcar, has chosen Teenage Cancer Trust as her charity of the year in memory of 15-year-old Georgina Anderson from Marske.

Georgina passed away in November 2013, just four months after being diagnosed with an extremely rare form of cancer. In those few months following her diagnosis, she courageously fought the disease and pursued her dream of having her music heard around the world.

Since then, Georgina's family - Paul, Helen and Joe - as well as friends and others, have raised thousands for Teenage Cancer Trust in Georgina’s memory.

The charity works to support young cancer patients and their families with expert care and support so that they do not have to face cancer on their own.

7 young people are diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK. Yesterday (February 4th), on World Cancer Day, people and charities came together to raise awareness of the disease and the steps that can be taken to prevent and fight it.

Anna and her constituency office team will be taking part in challenges and holding events throughout the year, including cycling the coast to coast, to raise as much money as they can for the Trust.

She kicked off the campaign with Redcar Town under-18s girls team who are wearing Teenage Cancer Trust kits this season, sponsored by Anna on behalf of the charity.

Anna said:

“Georgina’s bravery, positivity and musical talent were an inspiration to so many as she fought her illness and shared her amazing voice with the world.

Following their devastating loss, Paul, Helen, Joe and their friends have done brilliant work raising money for Teenage Cancer Trust in memory of their daughter, sister and friend.

I am proud to be joining them in supporting the Trust who are helping thousands of young people like Georgina, undergoing treatment for cancer. The money we raise will allow them to help get expert care and support to more young people who need it. It is also great to have the backing of Redcar Town this year in raising awareness of the Trust with their new sponsored kits.

Georgina’s story is heartbreaking but the money raised in her memory will help improve the lives of many others living with cancer.”

Louise Miles Fundraising Manager for Teenage Cancer Trust in the North East, commented:

“Currently for every one young person with cancer that we reach, there is another we are unable to. Cancer is frightening, bewildering and traumatic for people of any age but for young people going through so many life changes, the timing is especially cruel. This is why support from Anna, her team and Redcar Town is crucial to help us fundraise, raise awareness and make sure that we can reach every young person in the future. We would like to say a big thank you as well to Paul, Helen and Joe who continue, along with tremendous support from the local community, to fundraise, raise awareness and hence support other local young people with cancer in memory of their beautiful daughter Georgina.”

Image: Redcar Town U18 Girls team in their new kits sponsored by Anna on behalf of Teenage Cancer Trust


About Teenage Cancer Trust

Teenage Cancer Trust is the only UK charity dedicated to improving the quality of life and chances of survival for the seven young people aged between 13 and 24 diagnosed with cancer every day.  We build specialist units within NHS hospitals bringing young people together to be treated by teenage cancer experts in a place designed just for them.  We want every young person with cancer to have access to this specialist support, no matter where they live.

Traditionally treated alongside children or elderly patients at the end of their lives, young people can feel extremely isolated during treatment, some never meeting another young person with cancer. Being treated alongside others their own age can make a huge difference to their whole experience. 

Teenage Cancer Trust also educates young people and health professionals about cancer to ensure a swift diagnosis and referral to specialist support.  Cancer in young people is rare but we want young people to know the common signs and symptoms so they can seek medical advice if they are worried. 

We rely solely on donations to fund our vital work.  You can help transform the lives of young people with cancer. Visit www.teenagecancertrust.org to find out how.

Anna launches fundraising campaign in memory of Marske teenager

Anna Turley, MP for Redcar, has chosen Teenage Cancer Trust as her charity of the year in memory of 15-year-old Georgina Anderson from Marske.

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Today Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Owen Smith, visited Redcar to meet former SSI steelworkers and young apprentices with local Labour MP Anna Turley.

Owen and Anna started the afternoon at Community Union offices at Cargo Fleet in South Bank where former steelworkers and union officials recounted the fight to save the steelworks and their experience of redundancy and the death of their industry on Teesside.

They then visited technical training company, TTE, to meet former SSI apprentices and other young people starting out on their careers in engineering and other vocations.

Owen took part in a training session with some students and talked with them about their ambitions for the future.

Speaking after the visit, Anna said:

“I was pleased to have the opportunity to welcome Owen to Redcar and to introduce him to some of the men working to rebuild their lives after the closure of the steelworks. Whilst some have found new work, many are still struggling to access the training and support they need to move forward. It was good that Owen could hear these issues first-hand and I know he will help make sure Teesside’s case continues to be heard in Parliament.

“I was also pleased the tremendous work of Community Union in supporting the workforce throughout this crisis was recognised by Labour’s shadow ministerial team.

“At TTE, Owen was really impressed by the facilities on offer and was keen to hear from the apprentices about what they hoped to achieve following their training. As we begin to look to the future and the challenge of regenerating the local economy, resources like TTE educating a new generation of electricians, engineers and technicians will be a key part of attracting new industries here.”

Paul Warren, an organiser for Community, the steelworkers’ union said:

“Meeting with Owen Smith and Anna Turley today was a good opportunity to voice our concerns about how former SSI steelworkers are struggling to access training and help from Job Centre Plus and the National Careers services. The TV cameras might have left Redcar, but we still have thousands of families struggling to get by and former steelworkers still looking for work. Both Owen and Anna clearly understand the problems still facing our town and will continue to be strong voices for Redcar and the whole UK steel industry in Parliament. In particular, it was encouraging to hear that Labour fully understands the need for changes in employment legislation to protect contractor workers. When SSI collapsed, it was the contractor staff who were too often forgotten, we need to change the law to make sure they have the same protection as those people directly employed.”

Shadow Work and Pensions Minister visits Redcar to meet former steelworkers and young apprentices

Today Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Owen Smith, visited Redcar to meet former SSI steelworkers and young apprentices with local Labour MP Anna Turley.

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This week Anna signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment, in doing so pledging her commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and honouring those who were murdered during the Holocaust as well as paying tribute to the extraordinary Holocaust survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people.

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

In the weeks leading up to and after 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.

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After signing the Book of Commitment, Anna commented:

“Holocaust Memorial Day marks the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau – and is an important opportunity to remember the victims and survivors of the Holocaust and make sure they are not forgotten. I encourage all constituents to mark the day and to join members of my community in the fight against prejudice and intolerance.”

Karen Pollock MBE, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said:

“We are proud that Anna is supporting Holocaust Memorial Day. As we mark the 71st anniversary of the end of the Holocaust and the liberation of the concentration camps, it is vitally important that we both continue to remember and learn from the appalling events of the Holocaust – as well as ensuring that we continue to challenge anti-semitism and all forms of bigotry.

Anna signs Holocaust Educational Trust Book of Commitment

This week Anna signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment, in doing so pledging her commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day and honouring those who were murdered during the Holocaust as well...

Labour MP for Redcar Anna Turley today warned the cap on housing support for social rented properties would make sheltered housing schemes for vulnerable people unviable and at risk of closure. 

In the Autumn Statement in November the Chancellor announced the cap on housing benefit for social housing tenants would be brought in line with that for the private sector.

Housing associations and charities have warned of closures if the government do not exempt supported housing schemes which support vulnerable people like the elderly, homeless veterans, and victims of domestic violence.

The Local Housing Allowance is paid to tenants based on the required property size and is only available for rental costs. The cap does not take into account the additional service charges for services like specialist care staff in supported housing.

Anna said:

“Far from making the welfare system fairer, this cruel policy will hit a lot of vulnerable people with specialist housing and care needs. In some cases it could force tenants to find over half of the cost of their accommodation. To meet these costs individuals will be at risk of falling into debt, or worst still, lose their homes.

This is not the way a decent, caring society supports its most vulnerable and I urge the government to urgently back track on their plans.”

 

Labour called an Opposition Day debate in the chamber today to press the government to change tack given the impact the policy. Anna made an intervention in which she highlighted the limited capacity of the discretionary housing fund to make up the shortfall for vulnerable tenants.

In the chamber, Anna said:

“The discretionary housing fund is at the moment already barely covering the amount of people who are applying for it given the impact of bedroom tax and this is just another attempt to further stretch that when it is already not going far enough.”

She also criticised the government’s disregard for the concerns of the organisations helping people on the ground:

“These constant references to shroud waving are in fact an insult to those refuges and the housing associations who are genuinely concerned that they are going to have to close accommodation for the most vulnerable people.

For example, Thirteen who do great work in the Tees Valley with veterans, with ex-offenders, women fleeing domestic violence, those recovering from additions, are going to have to close supportive accommodation.

If the party opposite are so genuinely bothered about scare mongering and shroud waving they could put an end to that by doing something about this policy today.”

Cap on local housing allowance risks making sheltered accommodation unviable, Anna warns

Labour MP for Redcar Anna Turley today warned the cap on housing support for social rented properties would make sheltered housing schemes for vulnerable people unviable and at risk of...

At Education Questions in the House of Commons today (25th January 2016), Labour MP for Redcar Anna Turley pressed on the government the importance of further education to Teesside’s economy.

The government is currently conducting area-based reviews into Post-16 Education and Training Institutions with the intention of restructuring FE provision.

Anna pressed Skills Minister, Nick Boles, on the importance of FE colleges to reskilling the workforce in Teesside after the closure of the steelworks and the loss of jobs in other industries like Boulby Potash. 

In the chamber, Anna said:

“In my constituency of Redcar we have just experienced a huge and extreme tragedy with the loss of our steelworks.

The challenge now for our further education campuses is to use that £3 million provided by the government to ensure people get back into work.”

She went on to seek assurances from the Minister that the campus at Redcar, was not under threat in the light of the review, saying:

"I would like to press to this government how extremely important that is in term of the economic and social regeneration of our area.”

In response, the Minister said he did not want to anticipate the conclusion of the review, but understood the particular importance of Further Education to the Teesside community.

Anna Turley calls on government to protect Further Education on Teesside

At Education Questions in the House of Commons today (25th January 2016), Labour MP for Redcar Anna Turley pressed on the government the importance of further education to Teesside’s economy....


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