Wednesday, 24 December 2008

Bob Pledges Support For React

Last week, Dr. Bob Spink ,UKIP MP for Castle Point in Essex, joined staff and volunteers of the charity React (Rapid Effective Assistance for Children with potentially Terminal illness) at a drop-in session, hosted by MP Susan Kramer, at the House of Commons in Westminster. React was delighted to have the opportunity to introduce MPs to its work assisting children with potentially life-limiting conditions.

Last year, React responded to requests from 1,232 families caring for a terminally-ill child but there are many more children living in Essex who need help. Working closely with medical and social care professionals, the charity can provide any specialist, domestic or educational equipment which is considered to be a ‘basic, essential need’.

At the event, Bob Spink pledged his support for React’s cause and spoke strongly of his willingness to help within his local community.Bob Spink says: “It is essential that children born with life-limiting illnesses are given support and I have long campaigned for children's hospices winning an extra 27 million a few years ago from Prime Minister Tony Blair for them. I encourage everyone to become involved in this worthy cause.”

Vicky Andreas, Director of Client Services at React, says: “We’re delighted to have Bob Spink’s support in our quest to improve the lives of terminally-ill children. Families caring for children living with a life-limiting illness are often not given the necessary assistance they require and community support is vital in helping us to change this.”

With the help of Bob Spink, React hopes to engage the community in both fund and awareness raising activities, ensuring that all the children in Essex that need React’s help have access to their services.