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PCA Community Volunteer meets with local MP to discuss pancreatic cancer

Contacting your MP is a great way to campaign with us and raise the profile of pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic Cancer Action’s Community Volunteer, Sandra Francis recently organised a meeting with her local MP, Nigel Huddleston, to raise awareness of the issues surrounding pancreatic cancer and encourage him and other MPs to attend drop-in sessions being held at the House of Commons on 18th March.  

As a result of his meeting with Sandra, Nigel has said he endeavours to attend the drop-in session and if he can’t make it then he will ask a member of his Westminster team to attend on his behalf. He has also promised to do what he can to support Sandra and to talk direct to ministers on Sandra’s behalf.  

Nigel commented to Sandra,

“I greatly admire all you are doing for the Pancreatic Cancer Campaign. Volunteers like you are vital for these charities to keep their profile up and their funds coming in.”  

But no matter how big or small your contribution is, any time you can give to helping Pancreatic Cancer Action is vital. Whether it’s talking to your local MP, handing out symptoms cards and posters, or handing out GP and pharmacy packs to your local surgeries and Pharmacy outlets.  

Sandra sadly lost her beloved husband, Pete in September 2013 after a 10-month battle with the disease. She has been an active community volunteer for PCA since then and has taken part in numerous parliamentary campaigns, being active in her local community by holding awareness stands, organising local events and getting others involved to fundraise towards our vital work at PCA. You can read more about Sandra’s story here  

Why should I contact my MP? 

Your local MP is there to help with matters that central government are responsible for. This includes the health service and policies that affect pancreatic cancer. Your MP represents the concerns of their constituents, this is on average around 70,000 people. 

So, the more people we can get contacting their local MPs will create a bigger impact overall where we can raise the awareness of the disease and ensure the government dedicates more time, resources and funding into early diagnosis research and awareness.  

How can I contact my local MP? 

We have a guide on our website here which gives you ideas on ways you can contact your MP. We can also provide you with the most up to date information and guidance on what to say. 

If you would like any further help or would like to get in touch, please call us on 0303 040 1770 or email comms@panact.org