On Tuesday, I took part in the Rehab Parliamentary Pancake Race. The annual contest, now in its sixteenth year, involves teams of MPs, Peers and members of the Press Gallery racing (and flipping) their way around Victoria Tower Gardens in aid of the disability charity, Rehab.
Despite allegations of some unparliamentary behaviour, the MPs’ team managed to hold on to the title they won last year. In spite of an inspiring effort from the Lords Addington, Dubs, Kennedy, Redesdale, St John and Baroness Kramer, we were (just) pipped to the post by our parliamentary colleagues, (pushing the Press’ team into third place).
But of course the main reason we gathered together on Shrove Tuesday was to raise funds and awareness for Rehab, an international group of charities and companies that are working towards a world where everyone has the opportunity to achieve their full potential. They support a wide range of people, including those with serious injuries, mental, physical and learning disabilities; as well helping the long-term unemployed develop skills and retain jobs.
Every year, thousands of families benefit from the supports provided by Rehab in almost 250 locations. I’m glad I could play a small part in raising the profile of how they’re delivering positive change to the lives of thousands of people in the UK, and beyond.