20th Apr, 2021

Inspired by Redditch's Celebration of Women of Achievement Awards night

Correspondent 2nd Jun, 2018

THE best thing about the Bank Holiday weekend has surely got to be the extra day we get to spend with our family and friends, whether relaxing at home, family days out or an extra day on holiday, that’s what the Bank Holiday is all about! writes Rachel Maclean, MP.

We’re a nation of hard workers so that extra day is needed to help all of us recharge our batteries.

Leading up to our long-weekend I had a busy week down in Westminster and here in Redditch.

After I launched my Urgent Care Centre Parliamentary Petition back in February, last week I was finally able to submit it to Parliament.

It was a proud and humbling moment for me, and once again I’d to thank everyone who signed my petition. I’ve been clear that this new service will provide peace of mind for parents in Redditch that their children can be treated at their local hospital.

I also want to reassure residents that the opening of the GP-led Urgent Care Centre will not result in the further downgrading of A&E at the Alex.

These two services will work side-by-side.

“Another cause close to my heart is empowering women and proving to young girls they can do anything if they put their minds to it.

That’s why I was left feeling incredibly inspired after attending the Celebrate Women of Redditch 2018 Awards last week.

Congratulations to Laney Walsh, Unison Redditch & Bromsgrove, the Redditch Standard and the Kingfisher Shopping Centre for organising such a fantastic event.

It was a huge privilege to stand with the women of Redditch to celebrate 100 years of women’s suffrage, as well as our fantastic Mayor, Juliet Brunner, and my predecessors Karen Lumley and Jacqui Smith.

The awards truly did show just how many strong, successful and inspiring women there are in our town. Congratulations to all the award winners, you should all be so proud of your achievements. I hope the young girls I saw at the awards were left feeling inspired.

Last week was also Dementia Awareness Week and this disease is something I’m all too aware of. My mum has dementia, and even though she lives 300 miles away, I’m still her main carer. It’s incredibly difficult, but she’s had amazing support for which I’m truly grateful. We must all do more to become dementia aware and look to support those with this heart-breaking condition.

Rachel Maclean MP

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