This week a young resident from the neighbouring constituency of Barking contacted Jon Cruddas MP to share their story and seek support with their fundraising project. Amy Forrester sadly lost her father Steven to Covid-19 on April 6th 2020, he was aged 62 and left behind a father, brother, wife and four children. 

He was passionate about open spaces, the environment, and his local community. To that end his youngest daughter Amy has set up a gofundme page, with the aim of raising money to restore and improve the play area at Parsloes Park in her father’s memory.

 

As the country continues in the grip of the Coronavirus pandemic, official statistics are not yet available to show what the full impact of the Coronavirus outbreak on the claimant count will be.

 

This week Councillor Glenda Paddle with the assistance of Councillor Irma Freeborn built on a campaign by Thompsons Solicitors to support women facing period poverty, an issue which for many has been exacerbated by the current crisis.

In this week alone over £200 worth of sanitary products have been donated by businesses across the borough, including some big names such as Asda – local pharmacies have also supported the campaign. 

 

Today marks the start of Mental Health Awareness Week and the theme this year is ‘Kindness’. This year it is more important than ever to mark the week, raise awareness and start to break down the stigma often associated with mental ill health. 

Ahead of MHAW2020 Mark Rowland, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation said: “protecting our mental health is going to be central to us coping with and recovering from the coronavirus pandemic - with the psychological and social impacts likely to outlast the physical symptoms of the virus.”

 

This week would have been Dementia Action Week 2020 but due to the Covid-19 pandemic the Alzheimer’s Society and other leading charities have taken the difficult decision to postpone it. Jon Cruddas MP has been a long-time supporter of dementia awareness campaigns and this year, with the recent controversy surrounding care homes Jon believed that the week should not go unmarked.

 

This week Jon Cruddas MP received a detailed and extensive plan from c2c regarding normal timetables resuming at Rainham and Dagenham Dock stations. 

C2c have stated that they will return to their full, standard weekday timetable from next Monday, 18th May 2020. This date was agreed with the Government in an industry plan jointly created with DfT over the past few weeks and is designed to provide the largest possible step-up in capacity at the earliest deliverable date that train operators are able to do this. 

 

It can be difficult having to cope alone at the best of times, and the Covid-19 crisis has exacerbated many existing societal and mental health issues such as loneliness, anxiety and depression. Talking Therapies which are part of the NELFT Community Emotional Support Programme are a free and confidential NHS service that work with people across Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge and Waltham Forest that need support.

 

Today marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day. On Tuesday 8 May 1945 Britain and the Allied Forces accepted the surrender of Nazi Germany and brought the Second World War to an end after nearly six years of fighting. 

Dagenham and Rainham has a long and proud service history and there is no doubt that under different circumstances VE Day would have been a vibrant and joyous celebration across the constituency.

 

39 cross-party MPs, including Jon Cruddas have backed a campaign started by fellow MP Virendra Sharma which calls on the Government to waive the £120 Nursing and Midwifery Council registration fee for nurses, in recognition of their lifesaving work during coronavirus epidemic in the UK.

 

On Wednesday 29 April Jon Cruddas MP visited the Dagenham Ford Plant to find out more about their role working with other significant UK industrial, technology and engineering businesses to produce 15,000 much need medical ventilators in support of the Covid-19 effort. 

Jon was greeted, at a safe physical distance, by convenors and trade union representatives and got to see first-hand the work taking place at the Dagenham factory.

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