Sunday, 30 June 2013

DOING RIGHT BY OUR ARMED FORCES

With Armed Forces Day coming up this weekend, I’m giving my support to Labour’s campaign to provide members of the Armed Forces with discounts at health and leisure clubs – ‘Fighting Fitter’.

Whether council-led or privately-run, fitness facilities play a vital role in our community keeping people fit. And that’s essential for members of the Armed Forces who, when away from their base, can often lack the resources to access health and fitness centres.

Labour launched this scheme in April with Pure Gym and Virgin Active. Now Nuffield Health are offering a 25 per cent membership discount to the Armed Forces and David Lloyd will offer free access to their clubs for Forces and their families over the Armed Forces Day weekend.

‘Fighting Fitter’ is now a national scheme, with discounts in over 450 health and leisure sites across the UK, including here in Haslingden and Hyndburn. I’m really proud that Labour launched this campaign – alongside others like our work with companies to guarantee veterans job interviews, naming local streets after our fallen heroes and Veterans Champions in our local authorities – and that it’s now got backing from the Government.

‘Fighting Fitter’ will benefit those who serve in the dust and danger of battlefields overseas. It’s essential that all parts of our community give back to those who give so much on the frontline. We must protect the health and fitness of those who protect our nation.