Vicky Foxcroft MP

Labour Member of Parliament for Lewisham Deptford

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Find out what I have been up to recently in Parliament and in Lewisham, or read my latest blog posts below.

Last week I spoke at a National Fair Funding for All Schools event at Edmund Waller Primary School in my Lewisham Deptford constituency. It was a public forum for parents, teachers, governors and councillors, organised to raise awareness about the proposed cuts to schools’ budgets.

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Photo courtesy of Inez Murphy.

Fair Funding for Schools - My South London Press column

Last week I spoke at a National Fair Funding for All Schools event at Edmund Waller Primary School in my Lewisham Deptford constituency. It was a public forum for parents, teachers, governors... Read more

On Wednesday I attended an event in Parliament hosted by Anthony Nolan to show my support for the blood cancer charity’s successful campaign to fund a lifesaving treatment.

The ‘Defend Second Transplants’ campaign was started after NHS England announced last July it would no longer routinely fund second stem cell transplants for people whose blood cancer or blood disorder relapses, effectively denying patients a cure.

The campaign received a huge level of public support: more than 25,000 people took action by signing an open letter to the Secretary of State for Health, writing to their MP, or signing a petition calling for NHS England’s decision to be reversed.

In response to the Anthony Nolan campaign, on 24th February NHS England announced new funding for second transplants, providing hope for up to 20 patients annually in England whose blood cancer or blood disorder relapses after a year or more.

Speaking to patients and experts at Anthony Nolan brings home just how important funding for second transplants is – thanks to this campaign people with blood cancer and blood disorders, whose disease relapses, have been given another chance of life.

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Anthony Nolan 'Defend Second Transplants' Campaign

On Wednesday I attended an event in Parliament hosted by Anthony Nolan to show my support for the blood cancer charity’s successful campaign to fund a lifesaving treatment. The ‘Defend...

On Saturday I visited St Mary the Virgin church on Lewisham High Street for the official launch of the church's therapeutic garden. The aim of the project, set up jointly by St Mary's and Lewisham’s Integrated Psychological Therapies Team, is to foster mental well-being through gardening. It also has the added advantage of transforming an area of green space which has been somewhat neglected in recent times.

BBC Gardener's World presenter Flo Headlam was there to dig the first turf and we were joined by Father Steve Hall (Vicar of St Mary's), Councillor Stella Jeffrey and Carmine De Rosa from South London and Maudsley Mental Health Trust, as well as the project's team of dedicated volunteers.

This a fantastic idea and I hope that many people will use the garden as a calm space for reflection and contemplation, as well as giving something back to the community by helping to maintain it.

More details are available on the St Mary's website: http://www.lewishamparish.com/garden.html

St_Marys_Therapeutic_Garden.jpg Photo courtesy of Marion Watson

Visit to St Mary's Therapeutic Garden

On Saturday I visited St Mary the Virgin church on Lewisham High Street for the official launch of the church's therapeutic garden. The aim of the project, set up jointly...

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