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Charity of the month – Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice

Jo Cox supporting Kirklees's Forget Me Not Children's HospiceJo Cox MP has marked Children’s Hospice Week by nominating Kirklees’s own hospice as her charity of the month.

Mrs Cox, the MP for Batley & Spen, promotes a local charity every month and this month is promoting Forget Me Not.

The children’s hospice, which serves all of Kirklees, is based in Huddersfield and they have a charity shop in Heckmondwike.

Mrs Cox visited the hospice and made a donation. She said:

“It was a very moving visit. The good work they do here is incredibly important. They help so many children who are expected to have a short life, and their families and loved ones. It was an honour to learn more about their work and make a small donation to help that.”

For more information about Forget Me Not please click here. For more information about Children’s Hospice Week please click here.

Supporting better mental health in Batley & Spen

New_Mind_counsellingBatley & Spen MP Jo Cox paid a visit to the New Mind Counselling Service, ahead of World Mental Health Day this week (10 October).

The Birstall-based charity has a team of seven qualified counsellors and offers an affordable and professional counselling service across West Yorkshire.

Mrs Cox spoke to those who run the service and some of the volunteers who offer the counselling – all of whom do so without pay.

The Batley & Spen MP, who has named the charity her inaugural Charity of the Month, said she was very impressed with the set up.

“The counsellors offer 875 counselling sessions a year on average, they’ve had 90 new clients self refer in the last 12 months and they also receive many referrals from GPs,” she said.

“Each of the seven fully trained and unpaid counsellors do an average of 110 hours a year of counselling for New Mind.

“It is an impressive set up and absolutely vital. We need to talk much more about mental health. There are estimates that over 40% of all issues raised with GPs are emotionally based.”

Mrs Cox took on board a series of issues relating to national policy that she will raise with ministers and colleagues in Parliament.

She added: “The Government purports to give mental health parity with physical health but this is not the reality – services are under-funded and there are excessively long waiting times.

“Funding is always an issue and that is something I hope to assist with, so that this service can continue to operate on a means based, affordable basis.”

BACP accredited counsellors Christine Chappelow and Ian Mounsdon said, on behalf of the team: “We were delighted that Mrs Cox visited us and took a great interest in the service which, according to the feedback and outcomes, is highly valued by our clients.”

Every month Mrs Cox will promote one local charity or a national charity where there is a strong local connection or issue.