I invited Frank Jones, the founder member and Chairman of ‘Cuddles’ to the Local Charity Champion Reception at No10. 'Cuddles' has provided invaluable support to both parents and the Neonatal Unit at Glan Clwyd Hospital over a substantial number of years.
The charity and its volunteers were actively involved in successfully keeping the neonatal unit in North Wales, and the substantial funds they have raised have paid for the first baby scanner in North Wales, new incubators, cold cots, breast pumps, Christmas parties, the mother and baby room at the hospital, electronic tablets so parents could see their babies during the covid outbreak, and much more.
What Frank has achieved with Cuddles is quite remarkable and I felt all his efforts deserved to be acknowledged at a high level.
He was given a tour of the House of Commons before watching proceedings from the galleries at the House of Commons and the House of Lords. I then accompanied him to the reception where he met other local charity champions, and heard from Rt Hon Stuart Andrew MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
"I enjoyed the day very much. It was really informative, I was shown all around Westminster, and got to meet with Ministers. I really appreciate James inviting me, it's a day I will always remember."
To find out more about the charity or to make a donation, visit https://cuddlescharity.org/fundraising