When I was flicking through the national newspapers the other week, one story really jumped out at me - for the first time since World War Two the Red Cross are handing out food parcels in Britain this winter.
The very same week another charity, the Trussell Trust, said it handed out supplies to over 350,000 people since April.
That means the number of people in this country resorting to help to feed their families has more than tripled compared to the same period last year and sadly this crisis is hitting our community too with the Eastwood Volunteer Bureau reporting a 400 per cent increase in demand.
I’ve given my backing to the donation campaign already but the Advertiser deserves a lot of credit for bringing the plight of many to the front of our minds.
I’m sure I don’t need to say it again but if you do have any food going spare at all that you can afford to give away then please give them a call.
This should be a wake-up call to Government Ministers who need to face up to the fact that families, including many in Eastwood, are really struggling.
Sometimes I receive an e-mail, letter or phone call that really makes a difference and means the world to me.
Jacquie Sainsbury, head teacher at Brookhill Leys Primary School got in touch just before half term to tell me the brilliant news about the school’s most recent writing and reading results where every kid reached their expected progress level.
I’ve met her in the past and she is an absolute inspiration and her team have transformed the school.
Don’t just take my word for it – have a read of the kids’ wonderfully written class blogs on www.brookhillleys.com and see how well they are doing.
Finally, I’d like to say thank you to the team at the Sun Inn in Eastwood for the lovely card congratulating me on my new role in the Shadow Cabinet. But whatever Ed Miliband asks me to do, the things you ask me to do will always come first.
It’s a fantastic role and over the last three years I’ve met plenty of strong minded women in Eastwood, Brinsley and the surrounding areas who haven’t been afraid in coming forward to tell me exactly what they’d like to see the Government doing or not doing as the case may be.
I want to hear a lot more from you in the coming months so keep the ideas flowing. If there’s something you think I need to be shouting about, let me know because I want to take the views and concerns of women right to the heart of politics in my new role.