Rt Hon Stephen McPartland MP
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Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, planted a tree at the Lister hospital on NHS Sustainability Day as part of the NHS Forest project.

Stephen said, "The NHS Forest project will provide direct benefit to staff, patients and the community by helping create a local green space that patients, their families and staff can all enjoy for rest, relaxation and even exercise. Over 17,000 trees have been planted by 100 active sites, and contains small woods and copses, across the country with the aim of planting 1 tree per NHS employee. Research has shown that improved access to green space can aid patient recovery time; reduce stress at work; provide areas for relaxation; provide an opportunity to exercise and help bring communities together. I am proud that the Lister Hospital is taking part in the project and was pleased to help plant a couple of the trees myself."

The NHS Forest, run by the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare, is a pioneering project to engage people on the common ground between their personal wellbeing and wider environmental concerns. The long-term goal of the project is to bring health, educational, social, and environmental gains to members of each local community, including NHS patients and staff. NHS Forest is supporting NHS Sustainability Day, an international event aimed at healthcare organisations taking action on climate change. Sites across the UK are planting trees, improving biodiversity to even the inner most city sites and increasing resilience to climate change for future generations.

Member of Parliament for Stevenage, Stephen McPartland, attended Letchmore Nursery and Infant School to witness a showcase of Energy Club's fun, free, physical activities for primary school children provided by volunteers.

Stephen said, "It was great to see the Energy Club in action and I really enjoyed getting involved. The pupils were fantastic and obviously love every minute of the activities, which are so important in their physical development. Energy Club is providing this service for free and I would encourage all our schools to take them up on this offer and get involved.

“I would also like to say a big thank you to the staff at Letchmore Nursery and Infants School, who have made this possible alongside the Energy Club volunteers. Not only is this an opportunity for the younger generation but also for people who wish to continue the great volunteering work that we saw through the summer at the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Energy Clubs are run by volunteers and I am proud of the wonderful community spirit we have in our area.”

Energy Club is being rolled out across England and provides a legacy from the Olympics and Paralympics, supported by the Cabinet office and delivered by the charity and social enterprise Sports Leaders UK, the country’s leading deliverer of training, awards and qualifications in sport. It aims to make an impact in primary schools across England. Volunteers include members of school networks, including young adults and volunteers from local companies and all will receive training, on-going support, guidance and equipment.

Local MP, Stephen McPartland, launched the first inhaler recycling scheme, Complete the Cycle, at the Lister hospital, so that patients can now recycle their respiratory inhalers used to treat conditions such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Stephen commented, “I am delighted to support this important scheme to help reduce the huge amount of inhalers that end up in landfill. The Complete the Cycle scheme should deliver huge environmental benefits, as well as providing hospital pharmacists with an opportunity to help minimise medicines waste.”

The Lister hospital in Stevenage is the first hospital in the UK to pilot Complete the Cycle, the first ever UK-wide inhaler recycling and recovery scheme for all inhalers, run by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in partnership with pharmacies across the UK. Patients can now simply return their inhalers to the hospital pharmacy, and play their part in dramatically reducing the impact on the environment caused by the landfill disposal of inhalers.

Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, is Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Asthma.

A specialist missions system engineer, Dr Jaime Reed, from local space firm Astrium has invented a harpoon to capture junk orbiting the earth in space and then pull it into the atmosphere where it will burn up.  The harpoon is gas-propelled and Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, tested out the harpoon which will be able to remove old rockets and satellites.

Stephen said, "This is another example of Stevenage leading the way and clearly illustrates we have some of the best scientists in the world. Astrium is amongst one of the most high tech and advanced companies on the planet and have been using their expertise to reach out into space for many years. The Space Industry is big business for the UK and is growing at almost 10% a year due to the amazing innovations of companies such as Astrium who are leading the world. I was proud to be given the opportunity to test fire the harpoon and amazed that this technology will be used to help clean up old satellites and space debris which pose a danger to future missions. We are all working hard to make our planet a greener place and Astrium is now helping us clear up the mess we have left behind in space too."

Jaime's idea works by using a satellite loaded with five to ten harpoons that detects space debris using laser and tracking systems. A harpoon is then fired, secures the object which may be over a tonne, and finally detaches a small sub-satellite which pulls it into earth's atmosphere where it breaks up.

Stephen McPartland, Member or Parliament for Stevenage, popped into Odyssey Health Club in Knebworth to try out some of the new equipment.

Stephen said "I was quite keen to get a look at the new equipment and try out the vario. In particular, as it is a low impact machine which takes the strain off your knees. It is a great piece of kit that seems to have gone down well with those who train regularly. One of the biggest barriers to keeping fit are injuries and anything that reduces the impact on your knees and other joints should always be welcomed. I imagine there are a lot of Marathon runners feeling the pain in their knees, and I would like to congratulate them as they have achieved something amazing and raised lots of money for charities."

The Government is giving our area around £260,000 a year for academic years 2013/14 and 2014/15 to provide significant additional funding for primary school sport, to help improve coaching for the youngest pupils and inspire the Olympic and Paralympic stars of the future.

Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, said, "This is great news as the money will go directly to our primary school headteachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children. The best news forschools is that they get the freedom to choose exactly how to use this funding to improve sport and PE. This could vary from specialist coaching and teacher training to dedicated sports programmes, Change4Life sport clubs and support for after-school or weekend competitions. Whatever they decide, I am delighted that this investment will help a generation of children who will feel the benefit for many years to come."

Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland supported MBDA apprentices as they took time out to redecorate the day centre used by Crossroads Care Hertfordshire North, at Roebuck in Stevenage.  The apprentices completed the work over a weekend as a community project as part of the Brathay Challenge which is a national challenge for apprentices.

One of the business apprentices commented, "Our thanks to Stephen McPartland for joining the team and responding to a challenge we set him during his visit to MBDA during National Apprenticeship Week."

The work done has been welcomed by staff at the charity.  Jo Wilkinson, executive assistant at Crossroads Care, said "The day centre looks great; it has really brightened up the place.  The MBDA apprentices have done a fantastic job and I would like to say a big thank you on behalf of everyone at Crossroads."

Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, popped into North Hertfordshire College yesterday to meet Pete Wheatley the National Union of Student President. Stephen and Pete chatted about working together on some projects and an event in Parliament.

Stephen said "It was very kind of Pete to invite me to sample the new smoothie bar at the Student Union and show me the facilities. It was a good start to the day and I look forward to popping back for another."

Stevenage has the highest rate of Dementia diagnosis in Hertfordshire, as this condition is affecting more and more local families. Help is at hand as people living with Dementia and their carers in Stevenage can now benefit from the appointment of Tia Davolls, an Admiral Nurse, to help provide families with the emotional and practical support they need.

Stephen McPartland, Member for Parliament for Stevenage, introduced Tia and gave his backing to the local pilot scheme when they visited Al's Café which provides a carer-friendly community.

Stephen commented, "I believe that it is very important to help people living with Dementia and their carers achieve improved quality of life through help such as that offered by Tia in her new role as a local Admiral Nurse. The benefits are clear to see and really add value as well as preventing isolation, socialising and sharing experiences when getting together. This is a pilot scheme and Tia needs 80 families in Stevenage to sign up to her free service for it to be judged a success and have the potential to continue for years to come."

Tia said, “I feel very proud to be part of the Admiral Nurse team, working with a group of carers whose own needs are not always recognised. Carers are essential in the care of their loved ones, but there can be significant consequences to their own health from the physical and emotional stress of caring. I have always had a great admiration for carers so I’m passionate about helping them have a voice, so that both they and the people they are caring for get the right support at the earliest opportunity.”

Working for Carers in Hertfordshire, Tia is a registered mental health nurse specialising in dementia. Her work aims to improve the health and wellbeing of carers and enable families to understand the impact of dementia, manage everyday life in the best way possible, be supported with decisions as the condition progresses and plan for the future in a positive way. The Admiral Nurse post has been funded by People’s Health Trust, using money raised by HealthCourage through The Health Lottery.

If you would like some personal advice from Tia, please contact her on 01992 58 69 69, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Al's Café, at the Glaxo Day Hospital within the Lister Hospital, offers carers an opportunity to socialise every Monday evening as well as sharing experiences and information.

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