Jack Lopresti MP and Chris Skidmore MP met The Chancellor to lobby for funds for the Great Western Air Ambulance and for a new M49 Junction
Yesterday evening Jack Lopresti MP for Filton and Bradley Stoke and Chris Skidmore MP for Kingswood met with the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt Hon George Osborne MP to discuss funds for two important issues for their constituencies.
Firstly they brought to the Chancellor's attention the Great West Air Ambulance Charity (GWAA) need for funds to run their new EC135 Helicopter for the first year and asked for money to be made available from the LIBOR Fund.
Jack Lopresti MP says: "The GWAA like all Air Ambulances is a Charity and as it is one on the most recently formed Air Ambulance Charities it does not have any reserve funds. If the Chancellor could provide them with one year's funds GWAA would be able to put themselves in a sustainable financial footing to continue to serve in the future."
Chris Skidmore says: "The Chancellor listened in an encouraging way. I am sure he understands fully the important job that Charities like the GWAA do. Jack and I will keep campaigning for these funds. The GWAA do a fantastic job for our local area, and I know from constituents in Kingswood how valued the service is. As local MPs we are determined to do all we can to help secure investment for this vital service."
Secondly Jack and Chris spoke about their support for a junction on the M49 at Avonmouth Severnside. Avonmouth Severnside is the largest Brownfield site in Western Europe and the junction would link it to other key centres in the South West.
Jack Lopresti MP says: "A junction on the M49 is in my view an essential infrastructure project to unlock Avonmouth Severnside fantastic potential for jobs and growth."
Chris Skidmore says: "The full development of the Avonmouth Severnside Enterprise Area will provide good jobs and careers in our region and to develop the area we need to have the right infrastructure in place."
Today Jack visited Elmfield School for Deaf Children in Bristol to find out more about the school and their pupils.
Elmfield School is a bilingual school that teaches both British Sign Language and English. The school works to provide a supportive and positive environment for both children and families. They cater for Early Years, Primary and secondary and works with partner mainstream schools to enrich learning and the childrens experience of school.
Whilst there Jack took a tour of the premises and met with staff. Jack also observed the children during their Friday assembly and some of their afternoon lessons where he was taught some British Sign Language.
Jack said, 'Elmfield School for Deaf Children is a great resource for the Deaf Community and I greatly enjoyed visiting. It was a delight to meet with the children and have them teach me some British Sign Language.'
Jack with Babs Day the Interim Head Teacher
Jack Lopresti MP for Filton and Bradley Stoke ran in the Stroud Half Marathon raising more funds for the Great Western Air Ambulance which serves his constituency. Running his second Half Marathon in just over a month, Jack again finished under his target 2 hours at 1h.59.05m
Jack has run both the Stroud and, in September, the Bristol Half Marathon in aid of the Great Western Air Ambulance, raising money for the GWAA to help them run the new EC-135 helicopter which has now replaced their old 1972 Bolkow 105 helicopter which was no longer fit for purpose.
Jack said, "The support the GWAA and I have received during these Half Marathons is amazing. Thank you to everyone who has sponsored me. We cannot stop fundraising now though. Like all Air Ambulance's in this Country, the GWAA is a Charity and constantly needs public support. If you would like to help, please go to http://www.justgiving.com/JackLoprestiMP "
Today Jack Lopresti MP for Filton and Bradley Stoke confirmed he would be running the Stroud Half Marathon at the end of October for the Great Western Air Ambulance which serves his constituency.
This is the second Half Marathon Jack has run in aid of the Great Western Air Ambulance; in September Jack ran the Bristol Half Marathon for the charity which he completed in 1h.58m. Jack is raising money for the GWAA to help them purchase a new EC-135 helicopter to replace their current 1972 Bolkow 105 helicopter which is no longer fit for purpose.
Jack said, "The support I and the GWAA received when I ran the Bristol Half Marathon was amazing and I can't thank enough the people who donated money. The fundraising cannot stop there though, like all Air Ambulance's in this Country, the GWAA is a Charity and constantly needs funds, that is why I am running the Stroud Half Marathon in aid of them. If you would like to support me, please go to http://www.justgiving.com/JackLoprestiMP
Today Jack Lopresti MP for Filton and Bradley Stoke attended the Winterbourne Barn's annual Orchard Harvest Day.
The Orchard Harvest Day is an annual event at the Winterbourne Barn where traditional cider is made using a horse-powered 19th century stone mill. The juice is then taken to a 200 year old press to be made into cider. There was other events present such as Winterbourne Down Border Morris dancers, Skittles and medieval crafts. There was also delicious food.
The Winterbourne Medieval Barn was built in 1342 and is a unique example of medieval agrarian architecture. Restoration of the barn began in 2002 and is a community-led project based on heritage, food and farming. Jack is a keen supporter of the Barn and is a vice-President of the Barn Trust.
Jack said "I had a wonderful time at this year's Orchard Harvest Day and it was great to see so many people in attendance. Many thanks to the Medieval Barn's Trust and all the volunteers whose hard work and dedication made not only today possible but the Barn itself which is an invaluable community asset."
Today Jack Lopresti MP visited the Winterbourne Short Mat Bowls Club to see new equipment that had been paid for by a Big Lottery Fund Grant.
The Winterbourne SMBC were successful in bidding for a Big Lottery Fund Grant. They were awarded £10,000 by the Lottery Fund – exactly what they required. With the award they bought two electronic mat rolling machines which will enable them to set up and pack up after competitions and friendly matches with ease.
Jack said "The Winterbourne SMBC are a very deserving recipient of a Lottery Fund Grant and the money has proven hugely useful in upgrading their kit. The Winterbourne Short Mat Bowls Club is a fun and welcoming group. The club is also celebrating their 25th Anniversary this year so it was great to visit them during this period."
Jack Lopresti MP, today, helped to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support by attending a World's Biggest Coffee Morning in Parliament.
Jack had organised a Macmillan Coffee Morning in Winterbourne, however due of the recall of Parliament he was unable to attend. Instead, a coffee morning was held in the House of Commons where Jack attended and showed his support. The Macmillan Coffee Morning Jack organised in Winterbourne still went ahead without him and raised a good deal of money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
The World's Biggest Coffee Morning is an annual fundraiser for the charity Macmillan Cancer Support. The event took place across the country on Friday 26 September, over 200,000 events were held around the UK to raise money for Macmillan.
Jack said: 'Macmillan do a great deal of good for a lot of people and their families who have been blighted by cancer by supporting them at every opportunity. Despite my absence the coffee morning I organised in Winterbourne was a great success and raised.'
Running the Bristol Half Marathon a couple of weeks ago was a very big moment for me as it was the first time that I had run a half for two years. As many readers will know I was ill last year and even though I have been training over the summer, which included three ten mile runs, I wasn't sure how my body would react to just over thirteen. However, I needn't have worried as Sunday turned out to be a great day and I was able to get round in just under two hours, which for me was a reasonable time. Bristol looked beautiful in the glorious sunshine and it was great to see so many people enjoying the efforts of the runners and cheering them on as we got round the course.
I ran the Half Marathon to raise funds for the Great Western Air Ambulance. They are based in my constituency at Filton Airfield and are essentially an airborne accident and emergency department due to the presence of a Critical Care Paramedic and Doctor on board whenever they attend an incident. They receive no funding from the Government or the National Lottery to carry out this work, and operate 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The run took place at the beginning of National Air Ambulance Week, in which the work of Air Ambulances across the country and the time given by volunteers is celebrated.
The helicopter that GWAA have been using is over forty years old and is no longer fit for purpose. Fortunately, they will be taking delivery of a new medicalised Eurocopter 135 model next month which will bring a great improvement to the standard of medical care that they can provide. Whilst I am delighted that they have been able to improve their services, it does mean that their costs will soar from £1.5 million a year to £2 million. It was for this reason that I was determined to support their efforts by running the Half Marathon.
The men and women who staff and run voluntary organisations such as the Air Ambulance are hugely important in assisting the emergency services. 2.1 million people live in the area covered by the Great Western Air Ambulance, and so I was delighted that the money I raised will go towards keeping it flying.
I've caught the running bug again and will be running the Stroud Half Marathon on 26th October to raise more funds. Any readers who wish to donate can still do so via my Just Giving page, www.justgiving.com/jackloprestimp
On the 22nd August Jack Lopresti MP will be hosting a Dementia Friends workshop in Lincombe Barn, in Downend from 2-4pm.
Dementia Friends is an Alzheimer's Society initiative that aims to give a million people a better understanding of dementia. The initiative aims to make everyday life better for people with dementia by changing the way people think, talk and act. The £2.4 million programme is funded by the Social Fund and the Department of Health and by 2015 1 million people will become Dementia Friends.
Jack said: "As life expectancy increases the risk of developing dementia is also increasing so it is vital that we provide good quality information and education to help ensure people with the condition can live their lives to the full.
Dementia is an awful disease and can be very difficult to understand, which is why initiatives such as Dementia Friends are a great opportunity to better understand the disease and better understand how to make a tangible difference to the lives of the people who suffer with dementia."
If you would like to attend Jack's Dementia Friends workshop, please RSVP by telephone to Nikki Knowles, at the Office of Jack Lopresti MP on 01454 617 783, by email to email@example.com or on the official event page.
Last week I met with Jenny MacLeod, General Manager of First Bus to discuss bus services in Filton and Bradley Stoke. Jenny informed me of a lot of changes happening in the constituency and the Wider Bristol Area.
Jenny informed me that First Bus has recently launched 'Touch Cards' in Bristol. Much like London's 'Oyster Card', The exciting new Touch Card will enable travellers to buy tickets and 'load' them onto the Touch Card. Eventually travellers will be able to top up their cards online. This new innovation will make travelling by bus easier and quicker. The cards themselves are available for free and can be obtained either from First's travel shops (in Bristol or Bath) or by ordering them online (www.touch-card.co.uk).
I was then informed about new services being introduced to the constituency and changes to current services. During September two new services will be introduced, the 71 and 72 which will cover Filton and UWE; timetables and route maps are still being considered, however, as soon as they become available I will share them on my website.
As of August 31st there will also be a new service operating in Bradley Stoke; the X74 will be an express service between Bradley Stoke and Bristol. Again when I receive more information regarding timetables and routes, I will share them on my website.
Jernny then told me that Wessex will be deregistering their X27 service that serves Winterbourne and Hambrook. That said First Bus plan to increase the X46 service to bridge this gap.
During this meeting I raised several concerns about services to Southmead and services in Bradley Stoke and Frenchay, Jenny told me that she would look into the concerns I had raised and see what First Bus could do to placate these concerns. Of course, I will endeavour to keep residents updated about the resulting actions First Bus are going to take.
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