Monday 14th May
Tessa Jowell, 'A Lasting Legacy'
Monday 14th May

The MP Baroness Tessa Jowell died on Saturday 12th May from brain cancer, aged 70.

Her death has led to Theresa May confirming that the government will double their investment for brain cancer research to £40m. The PM said she hoped this would ‘create a lasting legacy.’ Cancer Research UK will also contribute £25m to the Dame Jowell Brain Cancer Research Mission.

Currently 11,400 people in the Uk are diagnosed with brain cancer each year. Only 14% of these people survive for ten years or more.

According to BBC News there will also be an annual global conference, hosted in the UK, The Tessa Jowell global symposium bringing together scientists, clinicians and academics to discuss the research into and treatment of, brain cancer.

Tuesday 15th May
Suffolk star in Autism's Got Talent
Jack Mitchell, 21, from Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk performed as one of the finalists in Autism’s Got Talent that took place at The Mermaid Theatre in London on Sat 12th May. Jack performed his own song ‘Where The Poppies Fall’, also playing his acoustic guitar. Jack is currently studying music at West Suffolk College.

The annual event was organised by AnnaKennedyOnline ‘forging a path to autism awareness’. Anna Kennedy OBE founded the charity after her own experiences with her two sons who have autism. After they were diagnosed she struggled to get the right help and education. In 1999 Anna decided to start up her own school, Hillingdon Manor, now a forerunner in specialist education provision.

According to Charity Today ( one of the many emotional parents in the audience said of the show: ‘To have a platform like this when the world is telling you your kid can’t do this and can’t do that is just incredible. People with autism are amazing and assets in our society.’

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22nd May
Funding for Art Classes in Bury St Edmunds
Gatehouse charity in Dettingen Way has been granted funding by the Suffolk Community Foundation to run a series of creative workshops. The weekly classes will cover card making, mosaics and silk painting to groups of 12-15 people. Gatehouse supports people living with dementia and they will be running the workshops with Art Branches. The classes are available to everyone and Gatehouse hope they will reduce isolation and improve people’s wellbeing. To find out more contact Gatehouse on 01284 703835.

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26th April 2018
Paddy McGuiness on Holidays & Autism
Paddy McGuiness and his wife Christine have managed their first family holiday in four and half years.  Paddy took to Instagram to share his joy at being able to take his four year old twins, Penelope and Leo, who both have autism, on their first family holiday, along with their younger sister Felicity. Paddy encouraged other parents of children with autism not to give up hope.

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22nd May
ME as Cause of Death
Last Friday (18th May) it was confirmed by a coroner that ME had contributed to the cause of young Merryn Crofts death. Merryn developed symptoms of ME at age 15 and after battling the illness for several years she died on 23rd May 2017, days after her 21st birthday.

Merryn’s family hope the results of the inquest will change attitudes to ME. It is only the second time such a conclusion has been made in the UK, according to the ME Association.

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28th April 2018
Partnership with Fred Olsen Travel
SuffolkCarersMatter is extremely happy to be working in partnership with Fred.Olsen Travel Agents, one of the UK’s most established travel agents.  As part of this partnership we are creating a family fun day with Fred.Olsen on their Taste for Travel day, which will take place on Sunday 12thAugust, 11am-3pm at Jimmy’s Farm

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