Eric Ollerenshaw column

Eric Ollerenshaw, MP.
Eric Ollerenshaw, MP.

Last week in Parliament I was grateful to be able to get an adjournment debate on Pancreatic Cancer.

One of the main aims of this debate was to highlight a new drug; Abraxane which can improve life expectancy.

One of the most devastating things for both sufferers and their family is the very short life expectancy following late diagnosis and I do feel that any treatment that can extend this for as long as possible should be readily available.

As many of you know, as Secretary of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Pancreatic Cancer, I am keen to improve early diagnosis of this terrible disease which I hope will therefore lead to an increase in survival rates.

But in the meantime, for those who tragically have been diagnosed too late, I would hope that we can offer them a form of treatment that will help them spend a little more quality time with their family and friends.

Up here in the Constituency I was delighted to support an event run by our local Chamber of Commerce – Apprentice Awareness Day.

This event in partnership with the National Apprenticeship Service and Lancaster and Morecambe College, was to raise awareness of apprenticeships to local businesses and show the benefits for both employer and employee.

It is great news that just last year 760 people started an apprenticeship locally, giving a boost to local businesses as well as an opportunity of in-work training for local people. I really do think that for any small business that hasn’t already taken on an apprentice this is an ideal opportunity to consider do so particularly as there is Government financial support.

Finally, if you are between 16-24 or know anyone who is that could use up to £2000 to run a community action project you have until March 17 to apply.

Youth Action together with Starbucks is running a programme that encourages young people to make a difference in their communities and offers the funding to bring their ideas to life.

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