Christopher Pincher and Michael Fabricant

Two politicians have gone orange in aid of a local charity.

The MPs for Lichfield and Tamworth – Michael Fabricant and Christopher Pincher – were taking part in an awareness campaign for St Giles Hospice.

Christopher Pincher and Michael Fabricant

The initiative sees residents, businesses, community groups and schools encouraged to take part in orange-themed activities.

Mr Fabricant said:  “I’ve always been keen to spread the word about the wonderful work of St Giles Hospice.

“I am glad this time all I had to do was wear an orange tee shirt and not ride a bicycle naked!

“It also makes a pleasant change from Brexit.”

“Celebrate life”

Emma Hodges, chief executive of St Giles Hospice, said the event was a chance to celebrate the work of the Whittington-based charity.

“Many people are fearful of the word ‘hospice’ thinking that it is just a building and somewhere you go to die,” she said. “Our ‘orange Wednesday’ aims to show that hospices are warm, vibrant and celebrate life.

“Eighty per cent of our support is delivered out in communities and in people’s homes. Yes, of course we also have beds for people who need to spend some time with us, but we do so much more than people realise. 

“St Giles supports over 7,000 people each year facing the challenge of a potentially terminal illness. But there are at least another 1,000 people in the community who could benefit from our support if the funds were available.

“That’s why we are calling on people to get involved on this special day and to let everyone know about the work that St Giles does and hopefully reduce some of the fear around hospice care.

“It is fantastic to see both Michael and Chris supporting us on Orange Wednesday, it is always welcome when our local MPs get behind campaigns like this.”

Mr Pincher MP said: “This is a brilliant campaign to raise awareness for the work St Giles Hospice do across both Tamworth and Lichfield.”

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