A per­fect an­ti­dote to Black Fri­day

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - NICK HURD MP (CON) Ruis­lip, North­wood and Pin­ner PT SHER­WOOD Vic­to­ria Lane Har­ling­ton

ONE of the things I like about the Gazette are the pos­i­tive sto­ries about peo­ple do­ing things to help other peo­ple, whether it be rais­ing money for char­ity or run­ning a com­mu­nity event. It is a re­fresh­ing an­ti­dote to what the na­tion­als choose to fo­cus on.

In that con­text, I won­dered if the Gazette could help raise aware­ness of a new ini­tia­tive that I kick off this week?

My in­stinct is that there are res­i­dents who have a lot to of­fer lo­cal char­i­ties in terms of time, skills and ex­pe­ri­ence. How­ever, there is not a very ef­fec­tive chan­nel for lo­cal char­i­ties to say what they need.

So I have cre­ated a space on my web­site called ‘Com­mu­nity Giv­ing Hub’, which you can ac­cess through this link http://www.nick­hurd.com/ vol­un­teer­ing/.

At this stage I am list­ing vol­un­teer­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties where lo­cal peo­ple could make a big dif­fer­ence. Over time I hope it could help showcase lo­cal fundrais­ing ef­forts.

This is part of my con­tri­bu­tion to a new cam­paign called #Giv­ingTues­day, which I am sup­port­ing. It is a grass-roots move­ment set up to cel­e­brate and en­cour­age a day of gen­eros­ity after the or­gies of con­sumerism on Black Fri­day and Cy­ber Mon­day.

It started in the USA where it touched a nerve, trended on Twit­ter, raised hun­dreds of mil­lions for char­ity and ended up be­ing en­dorsed by the White House. The move­ment is go­ing global, and when I was Min­is­ter for Char­i­ties I en­cour­aged peo­ple to take it up in the UK.

As you may know, Black Fri­day is ex­pected to gen­er­ate over £200m in sales in the UK.

I am de­lighted that the first Giv­ing Tues­day in the UK is the fol­low­ing Tues­day (De­cem­ber 2).

Al­ready over 600 or­gan­i­sa­tions have signed up to be part­ners and I am keen to spread aware­ness in the con­stituency. air­port. A sim­i­lar ref­er­en­dum was held by Rich­mond Coun­cil, which showed an even larger vote against ex­pan­sion.

Given th­ese fig­ures, it is not sur­pris­ing that lo­cal politi­cians op­posed to ex­pan­sion in­clude all the three MPs for Hilling­don, two cab­i­net min­is­ters and the Mayor of London.

They know that it would be elec­toral sui­cide to come out in favour of ex­pan­sion.

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