Parliamentary Pancake Race

Lord Rennard

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.

For more information about the Parliamentary Pancake Race, follow Rehab on Twitter, Facebook or visit their website, here.

Lib Dem race participants

(L-R) Lord Redesdale, Mike Crockart MP, (me), Tessa Munt MPJulian Huppert MP and Stephen Lloyd MP

3 comments for “Parliamentary Pancake Race

  1. MilesJSD
    13/02/2013 at 8:20 pm

    Possibly a pancake once a year is considered by Parliament to be sufficient for a disadvantaged citizen;

    but without the sprinkling of sugar and a few tablespoons of lemon-juice, of what holistic-sufficiency is that pancake ?

    Recently I wrote to our MP on behalf of a disabled neighbour’s and my own differently-disabled human-right to have, a healthy-habits-building Holistic & Sustainworthy Lifestyle, and therefrom to be rationally constructing and recording both a generic and individual life-span sustainworthy LifePlan,

    only to be told that
    1) there are far too many holistic-lifestyle avenues, skills, and choices to be supported;
    and
    2) Britain, as with every other nation-state, can only afford to support the bare minimum of peronal-development and social-care essentials, for “the majority”.

    So we-two have to pay up to £70 per week each to get even an hour of alternative health education support, namely from patient (qua forbearing and personally-attentive) practitioners, in Feldenkrais and in Shiatsu.

    Why can’t the National Health Service make better provision, of sustainworthily-holistic healthier-habits, for such an additional and possibly means-tested fee as £50 per week ?

    There is no Holisticly Healthier Habits institution in Britain, certainly not in Plymouth;
    not NGO, not GO, not Rehab (for us-two anyway), not Church nor Community supported.

    Why no sustainworthily holistic assessment-and-progress model, for both generic and individual progress ?

    • Lord Blagger
      14/02/2013 at 11:23 am

      You’re punctuation has gone wrong.

      Too many hyphens.

      Sauce for goose and sauce for the gander.

  2. MilesJSD
    18/02/2013 at 12:23 pm

    When I’m in my “logical” mind I use “nestings”

    but when in the connotative-conceptual mind-mode I include hyphenisations,
    as a way of holding a concept’s definiens or parts, together
    sort-of-as-one-idea

    (Seriously, now).

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