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Colne Valley MP takes part in volunteer week


Colne Valley MP Jason McCartney takes part in a week of volunteering in the Colne Valley

Colne Valley MP Jason McCartney swapped Whitehall for the wilds of Marsden Moor as he took part in a volunteering week.

The Conservative member was seen out and about over the Colne and Holme Valley where he participated in events organised by nine groups.

Even Holme Moss was not left untouched, as he took on the notorious climb to raise money for Cancer Research UK as part of his fourth annual week of volunteering.

Throughout the week he joined the National Trust to spread brash to prevent erosion of the peat, helped out at Café 100 Youth Club in Holmfirth, pruned trees with the Colne Valley Tree Society and helped tidy up the reading garden at Lindley library.

He also joined students from Moor End Academy at Astley Grange Care Home for a tea party as part of their National Citizen Service programme, travelled along the canal tow path from Standedge to Linthwaite with Experience Community member Craig Grimes to look at disabled access and donned his apron to serve meals in Huddersfield Royal Infirmary where he chatted to patients and staff and appeared on Huddersfield Hospital Radio.

Jason ended his week of volunteering on Saturday with Clr Donna Bellamy, local helpers and members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in a big litter pick in and around Marsden Park.

Jason said: “Hundreds of local folk volunteer in our community week in, week out and I just wanted to thank them whilst helping out myself.

“There’s a whole age range of people that get involved. Some are retired whilst others see it as a stepping stone to a new educational course or new career. Some are already in work but just love helping out in their community especially if its outdoors and the sun is out. I love volunteering and will continue to do so.”


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