Paul paid a visit to the British Heart Foundation's Furniture & Electrical Store today to meet with the store's staff and volunteers.
The Victoria Street store stocks unwanted household goods such as sofas, beds, dining tables, wardrobes and TV's, with all profits going in to the charity's fight against heart disease. The British Heart Foundation now has over 700 stores nationally, which last year raised over £31million for the cause.
Paul said: "It was great to pop in and meet the dedicated members of staff and volunteers that work at the Wolverhampton Furniture & Electrical store. The BHF is such a fantastic cause and the work they do is vital in the fight against heart disease.
"I'd urge locals to have a root around and donate any unwanted items to the store or give the gift of time by volunteering."
Further information on the work of the British Heart Foundation is available at www.bhf.org.uk
PHOTO: Paul with Store Manager Viv Harris and Sales Assistant Amanda Bennett
Paul visited Macmillan Cancer Support's mobile unit today as it parked up in Queen's Square ahead of a weekend in Wolverhampton.
Offering free, confidential advice and support to local passers-by, Macmillan's mobile information service reaches out to local communities and those affected by cancer. An estimated 1,243 people in Wolverhampton are diagnosed with cancer each year and often require medical, practical, emotional or financial support.
"I am very pleased that the Macmillan bus is in Wolverhampton this weekend" said Paul, who spoke with the charity's representatives about the work they are doing for the community. "Cancer affects many people and everyone knows someone who has been diagnosed with it. However I am pleased that treatment for cancer patients in Wolverhampton is improving, and I know that many people also benefit from the support Macmillan provides."
Helen Kennedy, lead Macmillan Information and Support Specialist for the unit said, "We were delighted that Paul came along to support us, and showed how passionate he is about ensuring people affected by cancer get the best treatment, care and support possible".
Anyone who feels that they can benefit from the assistance Macmillan offers can visit their website at www.macmillan.org.uk or call free on 0808 808 00 00.
Paul paid a visit to the Tesco Metro store in the Mander Centre today to welcome Tesco's fourth National Food Collection.
Running from Thursday 3rd to Saturday 5th July, all Tesco stores across the country now participate in the Collection which was launched in December 2012. In the last two years, 10.3 million meals have been donated to FareShare and the Trusell Trust who help feed people in need across the country. Tesco's collection last December, with 4.3 million meals donated, was the largest national food collection ever.
In addition to the National Collection schemes, Tesco also donate surplus food from online and fresh distribution centres to FareShare, which provides over seven million meals of surplus food per year to over 1,000 charities. 350 of Tesco's stores now have permanent collection points where food can be donated all year round.
"I was pleased to visit the National Food Collection today and congratulate Tesco on their success in this scheme" said Paul. "The large amount of donations received since Tesco initiated this scheme shows a strong sense of generosity and community spirit. I know that these donations will be very welcome to those faced with financial difficulties."
PHOTO: Paul with Tesco staff member Adam Sutton Jones (l), collecting donations, and Store Manager Terry Leary (r)
Paul paid a visit to the University of Wolverhampton today to show his support for annual Science Festival.
Running from Tuesday 1st – Saturday 5th July, SciFest encourages more children to become involved in science and engineering based activities, with A-level students, GCSE and Primary School children attending sessions across the City campus and talking to staff and students from the University. On Saturday, SciFest rounds off with a community day open to the public to experience scientific activities.
Paul met local school children on his visit today, participating in various activities such as finding forensic material, cracking codes and building their own video game controller.
"SciFest is a great way of getting youngsters engaged in science and engineering" said Paul. "I hope that the children and students attending this week will study hard in maths and science, and use SciFest as a springboard to launch successful careers in the future."
Paul attended the Armed Forces Commemorations today to pay tribute to serving troops, veterans, cadets and their families.
Joining with local dignitaries and members of the public, Paul watched the forces parade through the City Centre before attending an outdoor drumhead service in St Peter's Square. The parade took in Wulfruna Street, Princes Square, Lichfield Street, Queen Square and Exchange Street, led by the Pipe band of the West Midlands Fire service.
"Our forces to an incredible job and give us a lot to be proud of" said Paul. "Armed Forces Day gives us an opportunity to reflect on the courage, bravery and sacrifice of those who defend our country, and protect freedoms we often take for granted."
Paul visited Sunrise Senior Living of Tettenhall and Aldergrove Manor Care Home today to celebrate National Care Home Open Day 2014.
Taking a tour of both care homes, Paul had the opportunity to speak with management, staff and residents, and discover more about the services on offer. Paul toured Sunrise Senior Living, on Wergs Road, with Director of Community Relations Carrie Jahn, and learned about the nursing, residential and dementia care on offer. He also spoke with residents at Sunrise, including Bert Hazell who celebrated his 100th Birthday in January.
Aldergrove Manor Care Home, on Penn Road, is one of 234 care homes managed by HC One, and also offers dementia and nursing care, as well as respite and palliative care and a unit for young disabled people. Paul toured with manager Ann Norris and saw preparations for the "beach party" that Aldergrove was throwing to mark National Care Home Open Day.
"This day is a reminder of the great care facilities we have both locally and nationally, and a day to appreciate the many dedicated carers who work hard to improve the lives of those with mental and physical disabilities" said Paul. "In Sunrise Senior Living and Aldergrove Manor we have two great facilities offering a great level of care."
Further information on National Care Home Open Day is available at http://www.nationalcarehomeopenday.org.uk/
PHOTOS: (Above, right) Paul with Aldergrove Manor Care Home Manager Ann Norris and resident Bertha (Above, left) Paul at Sunrise Senior Living of Tettenhall with resident and centurion Bert Hazell
Paul has welcomed figures showing that the Conservatives are delivering new affordable homes and helping hardworking people to get on the housing ladder in Wolverhampton.
In Wolverhampton 510 new affordable homes have been delivered since 2010 and 182 people have been able to buy their own home thanks to Help to Buy, giving more families the opportunity to move into a good quality, affordable home and plan for their future.
Nearly 200,000 new affordable homes have now been delivered across the country since 2010 while Help to Buy has enabled over 27,000 people to buy their own home and, thanks to the Conservative's long-term economic plan, Britain is now building more homes than at any time since 2007.
Paul said: 'Labour cut the number of social homes to rent and their Great Recession led to a collapse in house building meaning thousands of families could not find a home they could afford.
'That's why the Conservatives, as part of our long-term economic plan, took action to get Britain building again and launched
Help to Buy so more people could get on the housing ladder. Thanks to these policies, 510 new affordable homes have now been delivered and 182 people have been able to buy their own home in Wolverhampton.
'Our long-term economic plan is helping people to find a good quality, affordable home where they can raise a family, contribute to their communities and enjoy greater financial security.'
Paul paid a visit to Aldersley Leisure Village today to see children from across the city take part in the 'Inspire Great School Run'.
Organised by the Wolverhampton Local Education Partnership, the Great School Run involved 750 primary and special school children and 200 secondary school Young Leaders from schools across the city. Amongst the activities taken part in were Hockey, Table Tennis, Frisbee and Ball handling as well as the mile-long Great School Run itself.
"I was pleased to have the opportunity to visit the Inspire Great School Run today" said Paul, who also had the opportunity to see the League One Trophy won by Wolves last month. "It is great to see children keeping fit and active, but also having fun in the process. I hope that the Trophy being here today will inspire these children to continue with sport and develop their talents."
Paul today welcomed the thirtieth anniversary of Volunteer's Week, an annual event beginning in 1984 to mark the contribution that volunteer's make to charities and other organisations.
The Office for National Statistics have estimated the value of volunteering in the UK at £23.9bn, with an estimated fifteen million people volunteering every month. In Paul's Wolverhampton South West constituency there are 173 organisations that rely on the dedication, energy and commitment of their volunteers to support their beneficiaries.
Paul said, "I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Volunteers' Week on its thirtieth anniversary, and pay tribute to the many volunteers across Wolverhampton who give their time and resources for little in reward. Having spent time volunteering myself I know how satisfying and rewarding it feels to give something back to society.
2014 is Paul's 'Year of Volunteering', that has so far seen him serving at a food bank in the city centre, helping at Compton Hospice, and cleaning up with local residents in Whitmore Reans. Next month he will be visiting the British Heart Foundation's store in Victoria Street to spend a morning working alongside volunteers.
Further information on Volunteer's Week, including local events taking place this week, can be found at http://volunteersweek.org/events
Paul visited McDonald's Restaurant on the Stafford Road today to meet with Franchise Owner Abdul Sirkhot and discuss job creation at restaurants in Wolverhampton.
The local franchise employs 950 staff across the West Midlands, including 160 people at the two branches in Paul's Wolverhampton South West constituency. This year, as McDonald's celebrates its 40th anniversary, Abdul's franchise hope to create an extra 100 jobs, as employees can benefit from part time flexible working and the opportunity to gain further educational qualifications.
In Wolverhampton South West McDonald's have two locations, on the Penn Road and in the City Centre on Dudley Street. The latter has recently gone through a £400,000 renovation and includes self service machines to reduce the times spent waiting in queues.
Paul said, "I was very pleased to hear of the progress that McDonald's is making, and I welcome the job opportunities that are being created in both branches in my constituency. I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate McDonald's on reaching 40 years in Britain and send them my best wishes."
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