I began the week at the Environmental and Economic Well-being Scrutiny Committee at the Council where we considered various matters of relevance to the health and strength of the wider Wakefield community. The committee, as well as others on the Council, play an important part in holding local government to account and I am proud to be able contribute to voicing the interests of residents in my ward.

The following day I was privileged to host a charity cheque signing ceremony at Wakefield Cathedral, as I posted about earlier in the week and it was great to have the opportunity to hand the cheques in person to representatives of Wakefield Hospice St Catherine’s Church foodbank and Wakefield Cathedral Choir, receiving £2,019, £1,500, and £1,000 respectively. My thanks go to Wakefield Cathedral for allowing us to make use of their magnificent building and my hope is that this event will help to generate further publicity for these three fantastic charities.

On Tuesday evening, I attended Parish Council meetings in Sitlington and Criggleston in my ward and it was a pleasure as always to work with our highly motivated and community-spirited Parish Councillors to take forward the priorities of local residents.

Over the weekend I went up to Yarm to host my company’s annual fundraising party which raised £1,100 for the Rainbow Trust. This is a charity which is close to the hearts of many people all around the country for the incredible support that it provides to families at some of the most challenging times. Countless families of seriously ill children have benefited from their tireless work, and I hope that the money raised from this event will be able to help contribute in a small way.

I was back in Wakefield for late Sunday afternoon to watch Wakefield Trinity take on St Helens. The boys did us all very proud and played some fantastic rugby however unfortunately the match was lost in the final minutes. Following the match I presented the Man of the Match award to David Fifita for his contribution to what was a very tightly fought game.