Debbie said "The Great Western Air Ambulance is literally a life save for everyone and I do hope that I have been able to give the fundraisers some key people who may be able to help them raise the enormous sum they need"
He has often been asked the question ‘ Just because you were good at rowing why would that make you a politician? ’ His response was ‘rowing was what I did, not who I am’. He believes firmly that politics affects everyone’s lives and that it is important to be involved in the process. Asked about his punishing schedule he replied just like the top athlete he was “ I want to do my best, if I lose it is not because I haven’t worked hard enough, and I will take that through if I am elected to be an MEP for the South West”. James Cracknell has had the most interesting life Olympic champion to MEP ? I hope so
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Matthew was concerned that proposed changes to the Probation Service would have an adverse impact on the role of social enterprises within the rehabilitation agenda and was therefore invited to put his concerns directly to the Minster.
Matthew said “ I am so grateful Debbie invited me to this event. It was an amazing opportunity to raise my concerns directly with the Minster and I spent at least 10 minutes talking to him about the role of REACH and the positive impact it has on the lives of offenders and communities."
Debbie continued “ People often criticise non custodial sentances however community payback makes a huge difference. For low level offenders prison is costly and often detrimental, whilst community payback benefits local communities in a positive way and actually benefits the tax payer, as in the case of the replacement post on The Old Common”
Debbie as an ex Prison Governor really appreciates the role REACH has in changing offending behaviour patterns which will benefit the community and was really pleased she was able to help them