Charities

Rory Supporting Local CharitiesCumbrians have a genius for voluntary work and community action. I would like to pay tribute to all those volunteers and local organisers that help to run a seemingly endless number of local community initiatives, from credit unions to care at home. Too often it can seem as though society is set in an immovable – if slightly wobbly – jelly of conventions, regulations and procedures that makes change feel almost impossible.

The solution in my view is to rediscover the energies of the local. If Cumbrians do not generally seem powerless, it is because they are often changing or protecting their surroundings. When I visit the village of Bampton, I am struck that nearly everyone seems to be involved in some local volunteer scheme or community initiative, be it a community library or a recycling scheme – and they are not the exception.

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RORY SPEAKS AT CASTLERIGG MANOR FUNDRAISER

Rory Stewart, the parliamentary candidate for Penrith and The Border, was invited to speak at a fundraising dinner last Thursday, in support of the Castlerigg Manor Youth Service. Castlerigg Manor serves communities across the North West, acting as a residential retreat where young people can engage in outdoor activities and adventure weekends to develop their […]

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RORY SHOWS SUPPORT FOR “ED’S LACE” CAMPAIGN ON PROGRESSIVE SUPRANUCLEAR PALSY

Rory Stewart MP has helped support the national awareness-raising campaign ‘Ed’s Lace’ by meeting with local constituents suffering from PSP – Progressive Supranuclear Palsy – a severe neurological condition which over time causes problems with sight, speech and response time, amongst other symptoms. Ed’s Lace is a shoelace in the corporate colours of the PSPA, […]

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RORY CELEBRATES £60,000 FLOODLIGHT UPGRADE AT PENRITH RUFC

Rory Stewart MP on Friday visited Penrith Rugby Club to help celebrate their £60,000 National Lottery funding win from the Inspired Facilities fund to upgrade the floodlights on the second and third team pitches, which is also the area used for training. This upgrade will help protect the improved ground and allow the area to […]

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SUNBEAMS PATRON RORY OFFICIALLY OPENS £2M CHARITY CONSTRUCTION PROJECT

Sunbeams Patron and Penrith and The Border MP Rory Stewart on Friday joined Annie Mawson, Founder of Sunbeams Music Trust, and her team at the Redhills site of their £2m new music therapy building, to officially launch the 35-week construction of the long-awaited and richly-deserved centre. The project is the culmination of many years of […]

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RORY JOINS VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT DRIVE AT CALVERT TRUST

Penrith and The Border MP Rory Stewart on Saturday visited the Calvert Trust’s stables at the foot of Latrigg Fell near Keswick, to learn more about their BHS-approved riding establishment, which runs a range of outdoors trap and driving sessions, and indoor lessons, to aid people with disabilities who come from all over Cumbria and […]

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RORY CELEBRATES VICTORY FOR CUMBRIAN HOSPICE CHARITIES

Today, in response to campaigning for the Hospice movement by Rory Stewart MP and other MPs the Chancellor has agreed to provide financial support for Hospices by refunding their VAT. ‎ Rory Stewart committed in his manifesto to ensuring that community and voluntary organisations are fully supported in Cumbrian health-care; and he has particular focus […]

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RORY MARKS ANNUAL PANCREATIC CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

Rory Stewart MP has joined the worldwide movement marking November as annual Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month (PCAM). It is a major awareness-raising tool about the disease, which is the fifth most common cause of all cancer deaths in the UK with only around 4% of people diagnosed surviving five years or more – a figure […]

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RORY SIGNPOSTS YOUNG CONSTITUENTS IN NEED TO CARLISLE KEY

Rory Stewart, MP for Penrith and The Border, is encouraging young people in need to be aware of the important services provided by Carlisle Key, a local charity whose work Rory supports. Rory met with Trustee Peter Ryan, Project Manager Julie Spence and apprentice Sophie Edwards, who introduced Rory to young Penrith resident Catherine Harper who has benefited from the […]

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RORY MEETS WITH SALVATION ARMY FOOD BANK VOLUNTEERS

Rory has met with Lieutenants Stuart and Jenny McPhee at the Salvation Army Hall in Penrith, in an opportunity to hear about their fantastic work in the community and the services they offer; ranging from a community garden project in co-operation with Penrith Action Community Trust, to luncheon clubs and parent and toddler groups. He […]