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Crawley MP celebrates 70 year partnership between Macmillan & NHS

Henry Smith MP is the Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Blood Cancer and says he’s been ‘struck by the stories I’ve heard from blood cancer patients about the important support that Macmillan provide’.

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Henry Smith MP speaking in the Westminster Hall debate he secured and led on NHS blood cancer care on 17th January 2018.

Henry Smith MP showed his support for the ongoing partnership between Macmillan Cancer Support and the NHS by attending a reception held by Macmillan at Speaker’s House in the Palace of Westminster.

The reception provided a unique opportunity to mark the 70th birthday of the National Health Service and celebrate Macmillan’s role in supporting the NHS throughout its history.

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The reception brought together parliamentarians, health and care professionals, people living with cancer and cancer charities not only to celebrate the NHS turning 70, but also to discuss the future challenges facing the health service.

Henry said:

“70 years of the NHS is a significant and historic milestone. I was delighted to attend Macmillan’s event, which presented us with an opportunity both to reflect on the amazing work that the NHS does and celebrate the momentous and successful partnership between Macmillan and the NHS.

“Joining these celebrations and being able to share Macmillan’s birthday message was important, but what was significant was the opportunity to speak about the challenges which lie ahead for the NHS and how best to deal with them.

“As Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Blood Cancer I’ve been struck by the stories I’ve heard from blood cancer patients about the important support that Macmillan provide.

“This is a watershed moment for our NHS and for the future of cancer care across the UK. Announcing additional funding is a step in the right direction, but what is so important is using the resources available in the most effective way. The Government should work closely with Macmillan to help create a health system able to effectively support people living with cancer at the time they most need it.”

Macmillan’s reception offered an opportunity to discuss the way in which the Government’s new long-term funding settlement for the NHS can be implemented to future-proof cancer care for the millions of people living with the disease, who urgently deserve improved emotional and practical support to live life as fully as they can.

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Henry Smith: Why supporting NCS is so important

In his article this week Crawley MP Henry Smith talks about the important work of NCS and the community.

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We’ve all taken immense pride in watching one of Crawley’s own, Gareth Southgate, lead the England football team to the World Cup semi-final for the first time in 28 years. He now stands alongside Sir Alf Ramsey and Sir Bobby Robson in leading England this far in the tournament, as the nation looks forward to the final stages of the next European Championships being played at Wembley in 2020.

Crawley is rightly proud of Gareth and it would be fitting for a lasting tribute in our town to recognise his work.

A few days before Gareth was appointed permanent England manager in November 2016, I was at a National Citizen Service graduation ceremony in Crawley. We don’t know what our town’s next generation will go on to achieve, but those taking part in NCS have much to offer.

NCS is open to 15 to 17-year-olds and is delivered locally by the Crawley Town Community Foundation. It gives young people the chance to take part in new experiences, develop skills and give back to our community.

Last year I was pleased to speak in Parliament in support of legislation which strengthens the Government’s commitment to NCS, and I was delighted to present a copy of the National Citizen Service Act to the Community Foundation after it became law.

In addition to allowing participants to gain experience of working alone and as part of a team – skills which will help when seeking employment, apprenticeship or university placements in the years ahead – NCS also sees young people undertake social action projects to benefit the local community.

Charities which have benefited as a result of local NCS participation include Crawley Open House, the Springboard Project, St Catherine’s Hospice, the Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre and Save the Children.

NCS is designed to encourage personal and social development through a range of activities and projects requiring leadership, teamwork and communication.

The summer 2018 programme is on course to see the most participants ever – I wish them all the very best! Applications are still open; for more information please visit: www.ctcommunityfoundation.com/ncs

Henry Smith MP
Crawley Constituency

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