On 20 AprilI had the pleasure of meeting Abbie and Mark from the Durham Wildlife Trust to talk about their work to preserve our local environment.

Durham Wildlife Trust are currently running a campaign called ‘My Wild Sunderland’, which aims to gather 10,000 pledges from people in the Sunderland area to demonstrate the need for a greener, wilder Sunderland.

I know that many people love the natural environment that surrounds our beautiful community. Places such as Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve, Herrington Country Park and Hetton Lyons Park not only offer local people somewhere to relax and enjoy themselves, but also provide a safe haven for wildlife.

That’s why I’m supporting this important campaign. If you’d like to sign the DWT pledge too, go tohttps://durhamwt.com/mywildsunderland/.

Later in the day my colleague Julie Elliott MP and I met with Derek Winter, Senior Coroner for the City of Sunderland, to discuss his role and the work he and his team are doing to support families who have lost a loved one.

Derek and his team do a really difficult job in challenging circumstances. Julie and I want to salute their efforts to make sure those people get the support they need when they need it.

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