TWO charities in Bury received a visit from the shadow minister for mental health and social care.

Barbara Keeley MP visited the D-CaFF café in Greenmount before going on a tour of Bury Hospice.

Mrs Keeley was shown around by Bury North MP James Frith.

The Labour shadow minister said: "I very much enjoyed visiting the D-CaFF café and Bury Hospice and meeting the wonderful staff and volunteers who deliver these vital services.

"A future Labour government will invest in mental health and social care services so that they have more resources to look after vulnerable people, which will help initiatives like D-CaFF and the brilliant Bury Hospice.”

The D-CaFF opened in 2016 and provides a place to meet for people living with dementia, their carers and family and friends.

Joani Beale, the leader of D-CaFF, said: "It was a pleasure to have James and Barbara visit the D-CaFF as it presented our members with an opportunity to speak to them about the real life social care struggles they face on a day to day basis and gave both James and Barbara a chance to see firsthand, the value cafés such as ours can provide to people in our community who are living with dementia and their carers, family and friends.”

Mr Frith said: "It was a pleasure to invite Barbara to Bury to see an amazing project like the D-CaFF café in Greenmount and to visit our wonderful hospice.

"We had a very positive discussion about some of my ideas for the future of hospice and palliative care which will inform the party’s policy making process and Barbara committed to working with me to develop the ideas further.”