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I’d like to congratulate Ruby Barnes for winning a Bravery Award at the Young Epilepsy Champions ceremony.

Ruby lives in my constituency and it was a pleasure to meet her on the night she received her award at a special event in London. She received the award because her bravery and quick thinking helped her brother and mother during an epileptic seizure. 

Ruby was on her way to visit her Grandmother with her mum and baby brother. When Ruby’s mum felt unwell she called to Ruby before falling to the floor having a seizure. Ruby’s mum lost feeling from the waist up as a result let go of the baby’s pushchair which rolled towards rush-hour traffic.

Ruby ran back and managed to catch the pram before it fell into the busy road. She brought her baby brother back to her mother and then continued to reassure her. Ruby took her mum’s phone and called her grandmother, all the while continuing to reassure her mum that everything was OK. Whilst all of this was going not one of the many people passing stopped to help, but eventually Ruby’s grandmother arrived and helped the family to safety.

I think everyone will be moved by Ruby’s story and I’m pleased that I could be there to see her bravery recognised. I know her family is very proud of her.

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Young Epilepsy Champions Awards

I’d like to congratulate Ruby Barnes for winning a Bravery Award at the Young Epilepsy Champions ceremony.Ruby lives in my constituency and it was a pleasure to meet her on...

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In April I blogged about my concerns that Chorley A&E had been forced to close, and the possible effects that this would have on Bolton.

At the time I received assurances from the Chief Executive of the Royal Bolton Hospital that there had been no signs of pressure caused by Chorley residents being displaced.

However, yesterday it emerged that Wigan A&E is now discouraging patients from attending A&E due to high demand and bosses there admitted it was in part due to rising number of patients from Chorley.

We can’t look at these issues in isolation, the problems with A&E services are being felt across the region.

It’s not long since Bolton A&E had to declare a major incident and divert all emergency patients away because they could not handle the demand. In times like that local services should be able to rely on each other for support, but if every town in the area is facing the same issues then there is a clear problem in the system.

I am writing to the Secretary of State for Health to ask for his intervention to re-open Chorley A&E to ensure a quality of care for A&E patients across the region.

A&E problems in the region

  In April I blogged about my concerns that Chorley A&E had been forced to close, and the possible effects that this would have on Bolton.At the time I received...

Across our town there are people who give their time and their effort to help our community. They don’t do it for money or even for praise they do it simply because they want to make a difference to Bolton and the people who live here. 

Today is a day to recognise some of these brilliant volunteers for all that they contribute.

I nominated the Bolton Mountain Rescue Team for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. This dedicated group of volunteers provide a search and rescue service which saves the lives of bikers, climbers, runners and horse riders as well as providing additional support to the emergency services. They deserve our thanks for all that they do. Today it has been announced that they will receive the award and I am extremely happy for them.

I am excited to see that other groups across Bolton have been recognised as well this year. Bolton Scout Trust, Urban Outreach and Xplode Magazine will also receive the Queen’s Award. Congratulations to everyone who has been awarded today.

Groups like these remind us of the community spirit that lies at the heart of Bolton. Thank you to all of the volunteers across Bolton for the positive impact that you make to our town.

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Bolton’s Brilliant Volunteers

Across our town there are people who give their time and their effort to help our community. They don’t do it for money or even for praise they do it...

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