Mary welcomes the Young People's Trust for the Environment to Parliament
On Tuesday 1st November, Wakefield MP and Shadow Environment Secretary, Mary Creagh attended a Parliamentary reception in honour of the Young People's Trust for the Environment (YPTE).
YPTE met with MPs and representatives from major companies in a bid to find more funding and support - with help from X-Factor presenter and YPTE President Dermot O'Leary.
Dermot has been a supporter and President of the Trust for over six years.
Mary said “It was fantastic to learn about the environmental work school children are doing across the country. YPTE is a wonderful charity, and it was a pleasure to see Director Peter Littlewood who brings such enthusiam to the role. I also had a good chat with Dermot about my X-factor favourites!"
Every year the YPTE run the national competition the TOTAL Green School Awards which involve over 20,000 children and offers the chance for primary schools to win £5,000. Last year the team's three education officers delivered over 800 free school talks to over 31,000 young people and their fact-filled website received over 1.73 million visitors. With increased sponsorship and support, YPTE hopes to make its free school talks available all over the country.