Monday, 23 October 2017

Get your flu jab now!

This winter could bring a particularly serious strain of flu and I would like to encourage anyone who falls into one of the vulnerable groups to make sure you get a flu vaccination. I have the vaccination every year as I lost my spleen in a riding accident and so am immuno compromised, but if you are aged over 65, a pregnant woman or have an underlying health condition such as heart or respiratory disease or a weakened immune system, please do arrange with your GP surgery to get the flu jab sooner rather than later. It really could be a lifesaver!

The NHS has more information about the flu jab, and you can find out more here-

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Remembering our Servicemen- War Memorials

Three weeks today is Remembrance Sunday, a day when we remember those who have fought bravely in service to our country and the remarkable sacrifice of those who have lost their lives. The North East has made a major contribution during armed conflicts and wars and there are many war memorials around the area dedicated to Northumbrians who have served the country.

These memorials in Blanchland, Wylam and Hexham are just a few of the Hexham constituency's war memorials, remembering the area's local servicemen. I'm always interested to learn more about the history of the area - please send me your photos of any memorials in your community.

Saturday, 21 October 2017

You're Never Too Young to Talk Mental Health!

I want to tell you all about a fantastic initiative that Corbridge Middle School is taking part in this month. 'You're Never Too Young to Talk Mental Health' is a campaign created by experts at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families which aims to increase the support offered for pupils' mental health, and Corbridge Middle School will be showing an animation produced by the Centre and discussing mental health and how to listen to friends who are struggling to cope.

Over 50% of mental illnesses start before the age of 14 and 1 in 10 children has a mental health disorder, such as anger issues, depression and anxiety. Schools have such an important role to play in promoting mental health and well-being among young people, and I would like to commend Corbridge Middle School on their participation in this brilliant initiative.

To find out more about the 'You're Never Too Young to Talk Mental Health' campaign, visit