News from the constituency with Derek Thomas MP

I have the great privilege of chairing the All Party Group (APPG) on Brain Tumours and was delighted to join the Health Minister, Lord O’Shaughnessy, at the Blizard Institute in London to announce a £45 million boost in funding for Brain Tumour Research.

The Institute was part funded by the Brain Tumour Research Charity. A similar research centre funded by the Brain Tumour Research Charity was opened at Derriford Hospital in 2014.

As Chair of the APPG I work closely with the Brain Tumour Research Charity to promote efforts to improve outcomes for brain tumour sufferers. Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under 40.

Last week I launched an inquiry into the economic and social impacts of brain tumours. The inquiry will help us understand much more about the significant impact brain tumours have on people’s lives and help remedy the shocking situation we have whereby brain tumours represent just one per cent of all diagnosed cancers but result in three per cent of cancer deaths.

This Friday, 9th March in the Central Methodist Church in Coinagehall Street from 7.15pm I am hosting a public meeting where you are invited to air your concerns and ideas regarding the future of Helston.

Taking questions and adding to the debate will be Deputy Mayor Cllr John Martin, Helston Police Inspector Ian Thompson, youth representative Chamonix Newsom, Wendy Radford-Gaby, from the business community, and residents’ representative Mike Hales. I recognise that many will feel this may not be a good use of time, many will think that we are not really listening.

I want to assure you that all the comments, ideas and concerns I receive and have received since I started out on these series of meetings will be condensed down to a few key common priorities and I will then work hard, with many others across Helston to achieve these improvements for the area.

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