FUNDRAISING

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2017 Parliamentary Pancake Race Recap

A PARLIAMENTARY TRADITION – CELEBRATING 21 YEARS OF THE REHAB PARLIAMENTARY PANCAKE RACE

Pancakes, crêpes, drop scones, hotcakes – call them what you like, the Rehab Parliamentary Pancake Race sees them demolished in seconds. Not because of their irresistible taste but because they’re vigorously tossed in the air by members of the House of Commons, the House of Lords as well as political correspondents, as they batter around a race course, vying for the winners’ title.

Since the first Rehab Parliamentary Pancake Race in 1998, the event has grown in popularity, with reportage by the BBC, ITN and CNN as well as being the subject matter of amused tourists’ holiday snaps.

MPs, Lords and members of the Parliamentary Press Gallery gather in Victoria Tower Gardens, next to the Houses of Parliament, where they swap their warm coats and woolly caps for aprons and chefs’ hats. It really is a sight to behold.

Having sized up the competition, most turn to concentrate on practising their flipping skills and ensuring that their shoe laces are firmly tied. As the teams line up for the race, or what’s better described as a battle, one can witness a steely hunger to win.

Rumour has it that before the use of milk in pancake batter, brandy and wine had been common. Seeing the antics of some of the race participants, you would be forgiven for thinking that some Houses of Parliament whisky had been slipped into the pancakes!

Despite all the fun and frolics of the event over the last 20 years, the Rehab Parliamentary Pancake Race has served to raise awareness of the work that Rehab does in enhancing the life chances of people with disabilities and others who are socially-excluded in the UK.

The funds raised through the 2018 Rehab Parliamentary Pancake Race will be designated towards our Acquired Brain Injury Services in the North East of England.

Based in Newcastle Momentum Skills’ North East offers  rehabilitation services for people with an acquired brain injury and or neurological condition.

The service provides advice, support and practical assistance to individuals from the North East of England with an acquired brain injury and or neurological condition; focusing on their return to work, education, training or in some instances voluntary work.

Consequences of brain injury may include memory loss, lack of concentration, anxiety, anger management issues, impulsive and inappropriate behaviour and depression. These issues usually lead to a vicious circle of unemployment, disadvantage, family breakdown and social isolation. Momentum can support you in overcoming these issues through use of strategies and support via their multidisciplinary team approach.

We provide:

• Vocational Profiling
• Work Placements
• Employment Support and Access to Work
• Cognitive Retraining
• Life changes after brain injury
• Stress Management
• Group therapy Sessions
• Personal Development
• Social & Life Skills
• Work related skills training, including assistance with CV building, job applications and interview techniques
• Certified training/qualifications in employability skills

2018 Rehab Parliamentary Pancake Race

The 2018 Rehab Parliamentary Pancake Race will held on Tuesday 14th February in Victoria Tower Gardens outside Houses of Parliament in London.

MPs Team

Victoria Atkin
MP for Louth and Horncastle

David Burrowes
MP for Enfield Southgate

Johnny Mercer
MP for Plymouth Moor View

Tim Loughton
MP for East Worthing & Shoreham

Liz McInnes
MP for Heywood & Middleton

Stephen Pound
MP for Ealing North

Tracey Crouch
MP for Chatham & Aylesford

Catherine McKinnell
MP for Newcastle-upon-Tyne North

Lords Team

Lord Addington

Lord Kennedy

Lord Bilamoria CBE DL

Baroness Bertin

Lord Porter of Spalding CBE

Lord Redesdale

Lord St John of Bletso

Media Team

Robbie Gibb, Daily and Sunday Politics, BBC

Gary Gibbon, Channel 4

George Parker, Financial Times

Nigel Nelson, Sunday People

Mia Wormesley, Reuters TV

James Landale, BBC

Alistair Stewart OBE, ITV News

Caroline Wheeler, Sunday Express

Ensuring No Corners Are Cut

Race Starter 2017 Naga Munchetty

Naga Munchetty is one of the main presenters on BBC Breakfast – though is currently moonlighting on BBC Newsnight, focusing on economics and business for the first few months of 2017. Indeed, most of us will recognise her from her recent skilled dancing on the BBCs ‘Strictly’.

Naga joined the BBC in 2008 to present BBC Two’s Working lunch – a personal finance programme which helped guide viewers through the fallout of the credit crunch and global recession through the eyes of business leaders and financial experts.

Prior to joining the BBC Naga spent two years at Bloomberg Television as a Senior Presenter, where she covered stories connected with the health of the Economy – guiding viewers through the start of the credit crunch, the collapse of Northern Rock and the economic downturn that hit Britain and the rest of the world. At Bloomberg Naga grilled central bankers, chief executives and fund managers.

Her first job in journalism was working on the City Pages of the Evening Standard. She then moved to The Observer as a financial journalist for the business section. As the lure of television proved too strong to resist, she began reporting for Reuters Financial Television, from there she worked for NBC Europe as a Senior Producer, and then as Business Producer and Reporter for Channel 4 News.

As an avid golfer with a very respectable handicap of 9, in 2013 and 2015 she was involved in the BBC’s coverage of the oldest professional golf major championship, ‘The Open’, held at Muirfield and St. Andrews respectively. She is also a columnist for Women & Golf Magazine.

Naga is a woman of many talents. Many of us will remember her victory on Celebrity Mastermind in 2013 where her specialist subject was The Ryder Cup: 1979 – 2013. She also ran the London Marathon that year, and vowed never to do it again. As a widely recognised supporter of charity events, she took part in an overnight 1000kms bike ride in 2015. Starting the RehabGroup Parliamentary Pancake Race should be a breeze for her.

To say that Naga enjoys a challenge in her very busy life would be a gross understatement. She admires the work of RehabGroup in the UK and was delighted to be asked to be involved in the Pancake Race. But, as a consummate professional she gave the following warning: ‘I vow to keep a close eye on all runners, to ensure no corners are cut, no routes impeded upon, and that sufficient tossing takes place’.

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