MP swaps despatch box for brush

Amber Rudd MP, centre, with service users at the Parchment Trust
Amber Rudd MP, centre, with service users at the Parchment Trust

WHEN politicians downed tools for the summer recess, Hastings’ MP picked up a brush to hone her painting skills.

Amber Rudd chatted with fellow student-painters in a class at the Isabel Blackman Day Centre, Winding Street.

Centre manager Tania Charman thanked Amber for stopping by on August 2, adding that it was, “great for her to have a local knowledge of the service offered at the centre”.

The day before, Amber toured building works at a Parchment Trust site. The Christian organisation, which works with disabled people in Hastings and Rother, is currently developing a new site at Friary Gardens, in Ore Place Farm.

Amber said: “The work is moving along really fast at Friary Gardens, and I know that the service offered to residents and visitors will be to a high standard when finished.”

Manager Andrew Philips added: “Amber was helpful in making sure that we got our grant.” For information about activities at the Isabel Blackman Centre call 01424 446428.