Barbara Keeley

MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR WORSLEY AND ECCLES SOUTH

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Barbara recently visited the Veterans Garage project in Barton.

The Veterans Garage, located at City Airport in Barton, is a project run by brothers Dan and Jayson Redshaw. Barbara was invited to visit to find out more about the plans for the project at the former 1930’s built airport terminal building where the garage will be based.

The Veterans Garage project aims to provide support to military veterans from across the North West in an environment in which they are able to learn new skills and receive support and advice. The new facility will also provide a venue to raise funds and awareness for local causes.

Recently it was announced that Veterans Garage will be working with the Criminal Justice System and the Manchester & Cheshire Probation Services to provide peer support, transitional advice and educational programmes.

Barbara said:

“It was good to meet Dan and Jayson Redshaw and members of the local volunteer team who are working hard to make the Veterans Garage a reality. It was great to hear how they plan to restore the Grade 2 listed airport terminal building at City Airport in Barton into a base for a classic car and motorcycle restoration garage.

“The new garage will provide a stable environment in which ex-servicemen and women will be able to come together to learn new skills and receive the help and support they are entitled to.

“This is a unique community project which will provide invaluable support to veterans from across the North West. I am happy to support the Veterans Garage project and look forward to working with them in the coming months.”

Barbara backs local Veterans Garage Charity Project

Barbara recently visited the Veterans Garage project in Barton. The Veterans Garage, located at City Airport in Barton, is a project run by brothers Dan and Jayson Redshaw. Barbara was...

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Barbara has criticised the Conservative Government for failing to provide adequate NHS funding for vital palliative care for seriously ill children. 

Barbara called on the Government to take action after a survey carried out by the charity, Together for Short Lives, found that 4 out of 5 local authorities are failing to plan and fund care for children and people with life-shortening conditions. She recently raised the issue in Parliament and said that Conservative Government cuts were making it harder to provide the palliative care and support services that children and their families need.

Barbara called on the Government to develop a sustainable funding system which can provide a fully integrated service for families at all stages of their child’s illness.

Barbara said:

“I recently met a parent carer from Worsley and Eccles South who receives support from the Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity to help her to care for her seriously ill child. The charity supports families with children who have a life-threatening or terminal illness. Across Salford nine families rely on the Rainbow Trust for vital practical and emotional support.

“The parent carer talked to me about the challenges of raising 4-year old twins one of whom has often been seriously ill. She also told me how she has had to fight for everything that her child needs and that the support she receives from the Rainbow Trust makes a real difference to her life. With the help of her family support worker she is more able to cope with caring for her daughters.

“It is deeply concerning to hear that many children across England with life-shortening or life-threatening conditions are not able to access vital palliative care. Conservative Government cuts are making it harder for local authorities and charities to fund these invaluable services. The Government must take urgent action to ensure that families with seriously ill children are able to receive this vital support.”

Barbara says Government must take action to end palliative care postcode lottery

Barbara has criticised the Conservative Government for failing to provide adequate NHS funding for vital palliative care for seriously ill children.  Barbara called on the Government to take action after...

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Barbara is calling for greater awareness and improved treatment of heart valve disease.

Barbara recently joined the charity Heart Valve Voice at an event they held to raise awareness of heart valve disease.

A recent survey showed that 94% of over-60s do not know what heart valve disease (aortic stenosis) is and that 72% of over-60s rarely or ever have their hearts listened to by a doctor. This is despite that fact that more people die of severe aortic stenosis than most cancers and heart valve disease affects one million people over 65-years old in the UK.

The charity Heart Valve Voice is campaigning for stethoscope checks and echocardiogram tests for heart valve disease to become part of routine checks for the over-60s.

Barbara said:

“It was good to learn more about heart valve disease. The disease affects a high proportion of the UK population. It is worrying that there are such low levels of awareness and concern about this disease.

“To treat heart valve disease it is crucial that patients get referred after a stethoscope check and get access to appropriate treatment at the right time. 

“I welcome the work of Heart Valve Voice in raising awareness and seeking to improve the diagnosis and treatment of heart valve disease. I will be supporting their work locally to ensure that people in Worsley and Eccles South receive the treatment and support they need.”

Barbara backs campaign to raise awareness and improve treatment of heart valve disease

Barbara is calling for greater awareness and improved treatment of heart valve disease. Barbara recently joined the charity Heart Valve Voice at an event they held to raise awareness of...


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