STEVE Pound, MP for Ealing North, was part of the winning team at the 15th annual Rehab Group Parliamentary Pancake Race yesterday in a heroic display of skill, technique and talent.
The charitable event, which took place at Victoria Tower Gardens in front of a bumper crowd of spectators, saw cross-party representation on teams of MPs and Lords, who along with a team from the Parliamentary Press Gallery, competed in an exciting relay pancake race.
The event raises valuable funds and awareness of the work undertaken by Rehab, a registered charity, which transforms the lives of people with disabilities and others who are marginalised by enabling them to become more active and independent, play a fuller part in their communities and maximise their potential. Additionally, the charity also supports people who are looking to gain employment through a range of social enterprise and community rehabilitation initiatives.
Despite the cool weather, the race quickly became heated, as decorum was put to one side with the MPs, Lords and media teams showing their competitive spirit as they battled for supremacy in this, the mother of all pancake races. Celebrating the MPs team’s win were Tracey Crouch (Chatham & Aylesford), Stephen Pound (Ealing North), Julian Huppert (Cambridge), Ian Murray (Edinburgh South), Sir Bob Russell (Colchester), Martin Horwood (Cheltenham), Stephen Lloyd (Eastbourne) and Jason McCartney (Colne Valley).
Speaking after the race, Stephen Pound MP said: “It was definitely a hard-won race. The conditions were tough and our fellow competitors certainly put in a good fight. I was delighted to have been invited to take part in this wonderful event. The work that Rehab does to support disabled people and others at a disadvantage is fantastic and this race was a great opportunity to raise awareness of how we can all support those who are most vulnerable in our society.”
Joining the race for the first time as Official Starter and Race Scrutineer was ITV network news anchor, Natasha Kaplinsky who said: “There was a lot of good-natured pre-race banter between the teams but as soon as the race started, the battle lines were very quickly drawn. It was clear that each team wanted to win the gold, and it was tough trying to ensure that people remained on their best parliamentary behaviour.
Outside the genteel confines of the Houses of Parliament, it seemed the rare opportunity to have permission to physically get one over on the opposition, whether by surreptitiously knocking them off their stride or pulling on their apron strings to hold them back, were simply too tempting to resist!”
The annual Rehab Parliamentary Pancake Race was established fifteen years ago to raise awareness of the work undertaken by Rehab. Angela Kerins, Chief Executive of Rehab, said: “It was certainly a great victory for the MPs team – clearly the upcoming Olympic Games have given an extra competitive edge this year! I would like to congratulate the MPs on their win, but I would also like to thank everyone for taking the time to take part. Thanks to the support of the MPs, Lords and journalists we can continue to make a real difference to the lives of people through our range of innovative and high-quality health and social care, training, education, and employment services.”
For more information about the Rehab Parliamentary Pancake Race 2012, please see www.parliamentarypancakerace.co.uk
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Tracey Crouch MP for Chatham & Aylesford, Conservative
Julian Huppert MP for Cambridge, Liberal Democrats
Ian Murray MP for Edinburgh South, Labour
Stephen Pound MP for Ealing North, Labour
Bob Russell MP for Colchester, Liberal Democrats
Martin Horwood MP for Cheltenham, Liberal Democrats
Stephen Lloyd MP for Eastbourne, Liberal Democrats
Jason McCartney MP for Colne Valley, Conservative
Lord Redesdale Liberal Democrat
Lord Kennedy of Southwark Labour
Earl of Listowel Crossbench
Parliamentary Press Gallery
Nick Robinson Political Editor, BBC News
Adam Boulton Political Editor and Presenter, Sky News
Tom Bradby Political Editor, ITV News
Nigel Nelson Political Editor, The People
Ben Duckworth Editor, Total Politics
Robert Hutton UK Political Correspondent, Bloomberg News
Michael Crick Political Correspondent, Channel 4 News
Andy Bell Political Editor, Channel 5 News
James Chapman Political Editor, Daily Mail
John Higginson Political Editor, UK Metro
Rehab is a leading non-governmental organisation which works towards a world where every person has the opportunity to achieve their potential. Rehab operates in four EU member states – the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands and Poland. In the UK, Rehab’s services are provided by Momentum, The Chaseley Trust and TBG Learning.
Momentum is a leading provider of rehabilitation, training and care services. Momentum Care provides flexible services that support people in their communities to live independently in their own homes; Momentum Skills provides vocational services which enable people with a disability and who are excluded to acquire the skills that they need to gain access to employment; while Haven, Momentum’s social enterprise arm, provides employment opportunities for people with a disability through its range of logistics and recycling services.
The Chaseley Trust provides residential nursing care to people with significant physical disabilities in Eastbourne, East Sussex; this is in addition to supported accommodation, respite and holiday care, day care and a multi-disciplinary therapy service.
TBG Learning, one of the UK’s leading youth and adult learning organisations, has an excellent track record in providing training and skills preparation to people who are distant from the labour market. Every year, TBG Learning supports almost 36,000 people to achieve a qualification, find a job, or to progress to further education or training.