16.04.2018 flintshire leader

Alyn and Deeside is home to a range of dedicated, hardworking and passionate people volunteering for great causes.

This Saturday (April 21) Rock off Fibro will be hosting a gig at The Tivoli Venue - Buckley. The event will be used as an opportunity to increase awareness of Fibromyalgia and raise vital funds for people suffering from the condition.

You may not be aware that there is no cure for Fibromyalgia. That’s why offering support and having events like this to raise awareness are so important.

FIBROMYALGIA WALES is a one stop online support network, providing information on Fibromyalgia and various support networks across Wales and Flintshire. It offers online and group support for Fibromyalgia sufferers and their carers. Support is also offered to sufferers of Restless Legs Syndrome and Irritable Bowel Syndrome, which are common symptoms of Fibromyalgia.

Fibro Wales promotes and can provide information about how people can access self-management, pain management, exercise referral, hints and tips from other sufferers on how to manage day to day tasks.

I congratulate David Williams and other organisers of this event for their hard work and commitment, and urge people across Flintshire to attend. If you would like to find out more, follow @RockoffFibro on Twitter.

‘Katy's fight’ is another great example of people coming together during difficult times to do something good. The group was set up in memory of Katy Wilson and fundraises to help the local community whilst raising awareness of cervical cancer.

After a successful Family Fun Day last year for Katy and Oliver, I was honoured to learn that the group is hosting another event this year, with the funds raised being donated to the ‘Carl Sargeant Memorial Fund’. The event will take place on Sunday, 5th August, at Connah's Quay Cricket Club from 11:00am. It will be a great day for the community and I would like to thank all the volunteers ahead of the event.

Finally, I wanted to take the time in this column to reference to my forthcoming Jobs and Prosperity Summit. Residents will be aware that hosting such an event was one of my pledges during the recent by-election.

More information will be circulated in due course, but the event itself will take place at Coleg Cambria on Friday 11 May. The summit will bring together Government, representatives from the businesses community as well as members of the public. It will give us an opportunity to discuss a range of issues and plan how we can ensure the economy of Alyn and Deeside continues to grow.

In the meantime, if residents have any further questions or need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact my office or email me on jack.sargeant@assembly.wales