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I am pleased to be the patron of charities, Kidz in Kampz and OWLS. Kidz in Kampz is a registered charity supporting the education and welfare needs of children living in camps for displaced people along the Thai/Burmese borders, and OWLS (Older Wiser Local Seniors), provide activities for seniors living in Headingley, Burley, Little Woodhouse & parts of Kirkstall.

I also keen to support the work of other local charities, including Hope Pastures, who rescue horses, ponies & donkeys that are being abused, the Headingley based charity, Karma Nirvana, which supports victims and survivors of Forced Marriage and Honour Based Abuse, and the Palm Cove Society, who support vulnerable refugees and victims of human trafficking, modern slavery, forced marriage, honour based violence or domestic abuse.

Kidz in Kampz opening

The Cotopaxi Battle Back Centre Expedition

The Cotopaxi Battle Back Centre Expedition team, raised £8,500 for The Royal British Legion which has been raised to support the fantastic work of the Legion's Battle Back Centre, an adaptive sport and adventurous training facility for wounded, injured and sick Armed Forces personnel.

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The expedition was made up of the cross party trio of MPs, including me, that joined a group of serving soldiers and veterans led by Dave Bunting, who previously led the British Army Everest West Ridge Expedition in 2006. Greg conquered Cotopaxi, a 19,347ft/5,897m active volcano in Ecuador to raise money and awareness of the Legion's Battle Back Centre.

The expedition was organised and led by the Carnegie Great Outdoors (CGO) faculty of Leeds Beckett University, a leading provider of outdoor education, adventure activities and leadership development. Carnegie Great Outdoors (CGO) also provides world class coaching expertise at the Legion's Battle Back Centre where participants undertake sports such as climbing, caving, wheelchair basketball, clay shooting and archery to help overcome physical and psychological challenges, promote self-confidence and improve motivation to aid recovery.

You can find out more about the expedition here

Jane Tomlinson Appeal 10th Anniversary challenge


I completed the gruelling Jane Tomlinson 10th Anniversary Challenge, conceived to mark Janebeing the first terminally ill cancer patient to complete the London Marathon, completing the final leg on Sunday, the London Marathon, in a time of 3 Hours 42 minutes.

I was joined Mike and Rebecca Tomlinson, along with a team including four time Ironman champion, Chrissie Wellington, in taking on an 8 days challenge. I completed the Paris marathon in 3 hours 31 minutes, before embarking on the epic cycle from Paris to London via Hull and the Jane Tomlinson Appeal's home turf of Yorkshire. Having arrived in London on Saturday evening, and despite the previous 6 days exertion, I then took on the London Marathon, completing it in an impressive time of 3 hours 42 minutes.

We have been raising money for The Jane Tomlinson Appeal, Kidz in Kampz, andThe Leeds Rugby Foundation.

We were backed in the challenge by a number of local businesses: 2 View Properties, Hamara Healthy Living Centre, Up and Running, Evans Cycles, jet2.com and Lucozade.

126 mile challenge

Along with Councillor Ryk Downes and Martin Rivett of Leeds Metropolitan University I am attempting the Carnegie '126 Mile Challenge' to raise money for three local charities. This challenge is to complete two endurance feats within a month, one of running - a marathon (26 miles & 385 yards) and one of walking - the annual 'Hundred' 100 mile challenge walk (100 miles in 48 hours) organised by the Long Distance Walkers Association.

We are raising money for three excellent charities :

Wheatfields Hospice in Headingley

Kidz in Kampz, based in Holt Park who run camps for orphaned displaced children in the Far East

The Wharfedale Hospital Special Medical Equipment Fund which raises money for special medical equipment at the hospital.