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Kevan Jones, Member of Parliament for North Durham, and former Veterans Minister, is urging Second World War Veterans not to miss the chance to take part in the Heroes Return programme, which will come to an end in the next couple of months.
The programme is being run by the Big Lottery Fund to mark the 65th anniversary earlier this year of VJ Day, and is providing funding for veterans or their widows to revisit the place where they saw active service. So far funding has been provided for veterans to return to places ranging from France and Greece to the Far East and Australia.
Kevan Jones, Member of Parliament for North Durham, has backed Usdaw, in their call for respect for retail workers, after they released preliminary survey results that suggest over one million shopworkers were assaulted, threatened or verbally abused in the last twelve months.
The survey shows that in the past 12 months, 6% of shopworkers were subjected to violent attack, 37% were threatened with harm and a massive 70% had suffered verbal abuse. While reported incidents of assault are slightly down, incidents of threats and abuse have increased since last year.
Kevan Jones, Member of Parliament for North Durham, congratulates students at the Hermitage School, who are amongst those recognised in this year’s Giving Nation Social Action Awards.
Giving Nation is an initiative which is funded by the Cabinet Office and part of the Citizenship Foundation, and seeks to promote and support volunteering and social enterprise amongst young people in secondary schools.
Kevan Jones, Member of Parliament for North Durham helped national heart charity, Cardiac Risk in the Young celebrate its 15th anniversary at a parliamentary reception on Wednesday.
Kevan attended the event, along with the charity’s new Patron, chart-topping singer, Pixie Lott, who has joined the charity’s ongoing crusade to highlight the importance of screening young people – especially those who regularly take part in sport.
North Durham was well-represented amongst those recognised at the North East England Tourism Awards 2010.
Beamish Museum won the Bronze Award for Large Visitor Attraction, while Low Urpeth Farm also picked up a Bronze Award in the Taste of North East England category.
Kevan Jones, Member of Parliament for North Durham, has welcomed efforts by Derwentside Enterprise, in conjunction with Co. Durham Enterprise Learning Partnership, to engage young people in North Durham and across the County in enterprise.
‘Enterprise TV’ will be broadcasting online on Tuesday 12 October from ‘Television Centre’ at East Durham with reporters based at schools around the county. The day will include showcases of best practice and live challenges, with active support from leading north east businesses, all with the aim of effectively promoting enterprise.
Kevan Jones, Member of Parliament for North Durham, has been appointed by The Queen to serve as a Commonwealth War Graves Commissioner.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission was established by Royal Charter in 1917, and works to commemorate the 1.7 million Commonwealth service men and women who died in the World Wars.
Kevan attended the rededication of Sacriston War Memorial on 8 October.
The War Memorial has been relocated to the heart of the village, in front of the Fulforth Centre, and the service allowed the village an opportunity to remember all those from Sacriston who have lost their lives serving their country.
The Royal British Legion has launched a new, free handy-person service to help people who are unable to carry out small repairs in their homes. To be eligible for the 'Poppy Calls' scheme, you need to have served at least seven days in the Armed Forces, or be the dependant of somebody who has served.
Kevan Jones, Member of Parliament for North Durham, attended the opening of the new British Heart Foundation shop on Chester-le-Street Front Street on Thursday 26th August.