December 12, 2014
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December 11, 2014
My name is Katie Turner and I am a Member of Youth Parliament, representing the young people of Hillingdon. In November I was invited to meet with Nick Hurd MP in Portcullis House to discuss the Youth Parliament, Hillingdon Youth Council and the projects that both organisations are working on. Every year UKYP (UK Youth Parliament) send out ‘Make Your Mark’ ballot papers for young people to have their say on what our main topic to work on for the next year will be. This year we were successful again at doubling the number of responses, collecting over 875,000 ballots. The top five topics are then debated in the House of Commons in November, which I was fortune enough to attend.
One of these top five topics was Votes for 16, which has consistently been a very popular topic of choice. Nick was very interested in talking about my views on whether I believe 16 year olds should be allowed to vote and we had a very stimulating discussion around the subject. With 16 year olds allowed to vote in the Scottish referendum and with such a high turn out, there is proof that young people are interested in politics and want to have their voices heard, but it is vital that young people are taught about politics beforehand.
We also discussed careers advice and how helpful young people find their experiences with different services.
It was great to have the opportunity to share the opinions of the young people I represent. I look forward to an ever-growing relationship between Nick Hurd and Hillingdon Youth Council.
December 11, 2014
On Sunday, I started the race where over 200 participants – dressed as Father Christmas – ran, strolled and ho-ho-hoed their way round Ruislip Lido to help raise money for Harefield Hospital.
The festive event, organized by Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Charity, has already managed to raise well over £5,000, with sponsorship money still to come in. All the money raised will help the hospital buy revolutionary new ‘organ care system kits’, meaning that more patients will be able to have life-saving organ transplants.
To find out more about the fantastic work of Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Charity, please visit their website www.rbhcharity.org
Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals Charity are also looking for volunteers. Please see here for more information.