Therese joined the many officials, workers, volunteers and supporters at Felixstowe & Walton United F.C recently as DavidSheepshanks officially opened the new clubhouse and changing pavilion at the Goldstar Ground.
Therese said: "Grassroots football is the bedrock of our national game so I'm delighted that Felixstowe will benefit from such a first class facility – which includes four new changing rooms, new spectator toilets, kitchen facilities and a club room."
"The £540,000 project was made possible thanks to a £270,000 grant from the Premier League and FA Facilities fund and £88,000 from the Football Stadia Improvement Fund. This was topped up through private fundraising and grants from the local councils. I know the club want to encourage more people to use the social club, whether they are football fans or not. Well done to everyone involved."
Last summer, one of Therese's Parliamentary colleagues, Jo Cox, who a few days beforehand had been part of the team shecaptained in the Parliamentary Tug of War, was tragically murdered. Before her death Jo set up the Loneliness Commission to raise awareness of the issue and to work to try and reduce the stigma of being lonely. The Commission now continues her work in her name.
Therese said: "A recent British Red Cross survey found that one in five people said they always or often felt lonely. It's something I often see in see here in Suffolk, so I was proud to meet the Commission recently and sign a pledge to support its work to tackle loneliness. The Commission is working with Government, businesses and voluntary groups and will shortly make recommendations.
However we can all play our part. Loneliness is a problem in every street and within every family. That means all of us can do something to make someone feel less lonely today. We can start a conversation with a neighbour who we know is on their own, pick up the phone to a relative or friend you haven't spoken to for a while or say hello to someone in the supermarket queue. Let's all make a pledge to tackle loneliness."
Therese has today written to the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt MP to once again request that the money from the sale of both Southwold Community and Patrick Stead hospitals be re-invested in local healthcare provision.
Her request comes as a result of the recent Naylor Review, which the Prime Minister has indicated that she is formally accepting, which states that any sale receipts from locally owned assets will not be recovered centrally, provided the disposal is in agreement with the local Sustainability and Transformation Plan.
Therese said: "The recent Naylor review gives us an opportunity to again press the case that the money from the sale of our two community hospitals is re-invested locally. The Great Yarmouth and Waveney CCG 'Shape the System' plan promised that NHS nursing beds in local care homes would be provided instead of keeping the two hospitals open because it was clinically sound to do so. Despite the need for capital to be invested into this plan, there has been no previous guarantee that the money from the sale of the hospitals would be re-invested in local healthcare but the Naylor Review suggests that guarantee should be made".
Therese added: "I have written to the Health Secretary to ask him to intervene directly on this matter to support the 'Shape of the System' plan and to realise the recommendation set out in the review".
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