Winchester MP Congratulates Local Parents’ Champion


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Winchester MP praises parents' champion

Regular readers to Winchester Today will know all about local mum Laura Skilton – and now Winchester MP Steve Brine has congratulated the local parents’ champion who was nominated for a national award.

Laura was nominated for a national award at the NCT Stars Awards 2015 in recognition of her hard work and dedication in supporting new and expectant parents here in Winchester. The NCT – National Childbirth Trust – is the UK’s largest charity for parents.

Laura was invited to attend a special celebration at the House of Lords after winning the Volunteer of the Year for the South Central region. The event was hosted by Baroness Julia Cumberlege, along with Pat Glass MP and NCT’s Chief Executive Nick Wilkie. Our picture features Laura along with Steve at the event.

Her hard work has contributed to Winchester NCT’s success in the area. As Branch Coordinator her fantastic team of volunteers has got many groups off the ground including a Sling Library, Nappy Library and a much-needed Bumps & Babies in Andover whilst keeping and reviving existing groups such as Bumps and Babies and the very well attended breastfeeding drop in service in Winchester. She is said to “throw herself into every NCT activity” and she fully supports everyone else involved in the team.

Winchester MP Congratulates Local Parents’ Champion – Tribute To Volunteering

Steve paid tribute to both Laura and the awards: ““The NCT Stars Awards are such a good idea. Volunteers such as Laura do so much work, without fanfare or request for praise, so it’s nice to have the opportunity once in a while to say thank you. We are very fortunate to have in Winchester an NCT branch which is thriving and can, as a result, play such a strong role supporting families when they need it most.”

The Chief Executive of the NCT – Nick Wilkie – also paid tribute: “The NCT Stars Awards is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of dedicated volunteers who are the backbone of NCT and who make a huge difference to the charity’s work supporting parents through the First 1000 Days. We’re delighted to recognise our volunteers’ amazing work in this way.”