For Immediate Release

Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns MP Nominated for Grassroot Diplomat Award for Charitable Marathon Runs

Rt Hon Alun Cairns MP

Rt Hon Alun Cairns MP

London, UK – April 20, 2016 – Alun Cairns MP for Salisbury and Secretary of State for Wales has been shortlisted from over 100 politicians this year for the 4th Annual Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award. The award recognises outstanding politicians and diplomats who are representing civilian interests at the highest level in areas of policy, social and business overall. Mr Cairns is nominated for his long-standing commitment to raising money for local charities.

Mr Cairns described the lifestyle of an MP to being “lonely” where one can succumb into unhealthy eating habits and unbalanced lifestyle. As a motivation to keep active, Mr Cairns decided to commit himself to running the London Marathon every year with the goal of raising money for local charities within his constituency.

Each year, Mr Cairns selects two charities with a local theme to raise money for. These are often suggested to him by his constituents at local events that he attends. Last year, two local charities shared £8,393 after Vale residents donated money to support the 2015 marathon run by the MP, raising a record amount for pet charity PDSA and Macmillan Cancer Care. Mr Cairns also finished as the fastest MP during the run in April and has now completed his fifth marathon, raising over £40,000. Charities that have benefited from donations include domestic violence charity Atal-Y-Fro (Prevention in the Vale) and Mind in the Vale with a target of raising funds for Breast Cancer Now and Brain Tumour charity in 2016.

The marathon training has acted as a positive opportunity for constituents and the MP to get to know one another on a personal level. Mr Cairn fondly notes that his constituents are a great source of inspiration for him who selflessly help other when no other source of communication is available. Two local champions who have served as his inspiration include Sue Borges who ran Marie Curie and now Brain Tumor, and Gay Fiffidle who, as part of Age’s project ‘Friends in the Neighbours Group’ has provided socially isolated individuals to meet on a weekly basis.

Talyn Rahman-Figueroa, Executive Director of Grassroot Diplomat, said: “All too often, we hear stories of our governments not representing our needs but Grassroot Diplomat looks upon selfless individuals in a position of power, who work tirelessly for their communities. The award seeks to create a culture of positive role models within our governments which encourages others like them to follow suit. Grassroot Diplomat winners go beyond their job descriptions and those shortlisted for the award should be proud to be recognised this far.”

Mr Cairns is currently the Secretary of State for Wales, and in spite of his demanding schedule, has shown that it is possible to live an active lifestyle, interact deeply with his constituents and stay connected to the community on a personal level.

Join Alun Cairns MP and other government nominees for the gala dinner at The May Fair Hotel, London on Wednesday 20th April, 2016. For ticket information please visit: http://www.grassrootdiplomat.org/book-tickets or call 07511 816689.

Further details about the awards can be found on: www.grassrootdiplomat.org/annual-awards

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Henry Carruthers
Wales Office
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henry.carruthers@walesoffice.gsi.gov.uk

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