Letters, July 12, 2012

Dennis Hodgetts, from Warmsworth, sent us this picture of the Rialto Bridge taken on a recent visit to Venice.
Dennis Hodgetts, from Warmsworth, sent us this picture of the Rialto Bridge taken on a recent visit to Venice.
Have your say

WE often hear complaints about the emergency services in Doncaster but we don’t often hear many good things.

I am 61 years of age and I am registered deaf and blind. I have diabetes and suffer epilepsy.

I live in sheltered housing and a few years ago our out of hours cord system was transferred to Hereford. At the time we thought this was terrible.

One evening last week I was listening to my talking book machine and I fell asleep. The next thing I remember I was getting up off the floor.

My sister had been trying to contact me on the telephone and didn’t get an answer so decided to come to my home. She pulled the cord and got through to Hereford and asked them if they could get a doctor.

My sister went outside expecting to have to wait a while but within minutes there were two paramedics closely followed by an ambulance. I was taken to DRI.

I was eventually seen by a doctor and various tests were carried out as well as a visit to the x-ray department.

It was decided that I should spend the night in hospital for observation.

I was admitted to Ward 15 assessment ward where I was looked after by both female and male nurses. Alan, one of the male nurses was very understanding of my disabilities and I didn’t have to explain what I could and couldn’t do. Every hour throughout the night they came to check my blood pressure as it was quite high and before I was discharged I saw a physiotherapist who checked my walking and asked if I had enough care at home.

This is my experience of the pull cord system which I had feared previously, but not any more.

J Stapleton, Humber Close, Skellow

Superb Olympic coverage

I AM writing to congratulate you on the wonderful coverage of the Olympic Torch Relay in the June 28 edition of the Doncaster Free Press.

A great photo spread, each venue covered and wonderful interviews with those on the streets.

Thanks also for a superb feature on archer Anita Chapman and her memories of competing in two Olympic Games.

It was a very interesting and informative article.

It’s this sort of writing that makes the Free Press worth buying.

I look forward to more in the Olympic series.

Linda Gardner, Nutwell Lane.

Nice one Colin!

WHAT a pleasure it was to read in the July 5 edition of the Free Press of my friend Colin ‘Fingers’ Henry celebrating 50 years in show business.

I can assure anyone who hasn’t seen Colin performing recently that he is still as good as he was years ago when appearing at local venues.

The only trouble today is that if you want to see Colin and the many talented artists who come from this area, there is no alternative but to go on a cruise or visit other cities, towns where the venues are often full.

Can I therefore ask local promoters, concert secretaries etc to look at the talent we have on our doorstep here in Doncaster.

Mike Hankinson, Lowfield Road, Wheatley Hills

Get in touch, Good Samaritan

A 75 YEAR old man had a problem with a jammed chain on a blue mountain bike, when a young couple pushing a pram saw my problem.

The lad, aged around nine or ten, who was with them rushed up to him and without hesitation got his hands all dirty and released the chain for him,

He then carried on walking with his family towards Trafford Court and the railway station.

The man didn’t have time to really thank this very kind and helpful young lad; this happened on or near Stewart Street.

Anyone who knows of this kind act please contact one of these numbers, 07748244370 (Brian), 07935139969 (Steven).

Mr Hawcroft, Queen Street, Balby

Cars in woods are necessary

IN answer to Mr T Anthony, (Freeviews, July 5).

The simple reason cars are being driven through Sandall Beat Wood to the Environment House is these cars contain disabled people (some of whom are Armed Forces veterans) who meet up to attend a ‘Walking for Health’ meet (albeit on sticks, frames, on scooters and in wheelchairs).

No shame on DMBC, they are showing good disabled awareness and are disabled friendly and ensure equal access to all.

As for pets (I presume Mr Anthony refers to dogs), on one occasion an unleashed dog sprinted into an elderly, walking stick user knocking them to the ground, which could have led to serious injury.

I thought ‘ the beautiful place’ was meant to be enjoyed by all, which at the moment, it is.

Thank you DMBC.

Mr W Young, Balby, sent by e-mail.

What a tirade of abuse

CAN I through your paper say a big ‘thank you’ to the despicable, imbecilic piece of lowlife that I met in Doncaster’s B&Q carpark on Tuesday July 3 about 5pm.

As I started to reverse out of a ‘disabled bay’ a car shot past the back of my car and then parked in the disabled bay on my left hand side. I stopped the car and looked at the driver as if to say “what was that all about”?

The driver gave me an angry look and so I ‘mouthed’ the words, “where’s your badge?”

He leapt out of his car, opened my front passenger door and shouted something I didn’t understand.

He then commented on my weight and birth status, my intelligence and my usefulness. I have never heard such a tirade of obscene language. The female passenger got out of his car and they both walked to the store with no mobility impediment or mobility aid.

My answer to him is, yes I am overweight because of lack of exercise due to a back injury and other medical conditions and I am an ‘occasional’ wheelchair user.

Something else that should make you feel proud, you looked about 30 years old and I am nearly 70 years of age.

D H Doncaster

Help Teenage Cancer Trust

THINGS will be hotting up in all Superdrug stores across the country over the weekend of Saturday 21 and Sunday July 22.

Superdrug staff are holding a summer fundraising weekend to help fund Teenage Cancer Trust’s vital cancer awareness talks in schools, colleges and universities across the UK, raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of cancer, demystifying the disease and talking about the importance of healthy living.

Although so far this year summer is yet to make an appearance, Superdrug staff will be turning the heat up, donning Hawaiian shirts and running a host of summery activities for you to get involved in such as tropical bake sales and limbo competitions. Staff will also be encouraging customers to buy Teenage Cancer Trust pin badges.

Teenage Cancer Trust is Superdrug’s official charity partner. We are the only UK charity dedicated to improving the quality of life and chances of survival of young people with cancer aged between 13 and 24.

Proceeds from the partnership with Superdrug will help Teenage Cancer Trust deliver vital cancer awareness talks to 90,000 students across the UK.

So please show your support and drop into Superdrug on July 21, 22.

Simon Davies, Chief Executive of Teenage Cancer Trust

A debate is due on the EU

MANY areas of our lives are now decided in Europe.

A group of MPs is looking at whether powers can be taken back to our elected representatives.

A growing number of people want an EU In/Out referendum; a common complaint being that nobody under 55 has had a proper chance to vote on this important issue.

Where do the facts lie? Our legal research shows that once powers have been transferred to the EU, they cannot be given back to national level.

Nor is it possible to renegotiate an ‘EU Lite’ type of membership, as staying in involves a commitment to more not less Europe.

Former Eurocrat Peter Mandelson got it right when he warned that the EU some people seek (trade only or looser ties) is not on offer.

So the choice seems to be In or Out, with no half-measures.

At least if we ceased to be part of the EU, it would legally be committed to working for free trade and good neighbourly relations with us.

We need a full and honest debate on what either choice would mean.

For more information, please write to me, or visit the website www.newalliance.org.uk.

Mark Taylor, Campaign Manager, New Alliance

Can anyone help this student?

IN the 1990s Doncaster gave refuge to a number of Kosovan families, some of whose children attended The Hayfield School and Rossington School,

A local resident, Anne Swift, helped organise support for Doncaster Kosovans and to send lorries or relief to Kosova. Anne was highly respected by Kosova and made several visits.

As the them head of Hayfield School I sought to be supportive and have kept in touch with Hajdin and Kadri Berisha, who were sent back to Kosova once the Balkans had settled down in 2000.

Hajdin, now 25, proved a star pupil in Kosovan schools and with the help of government and UN sponsorship obtained a high class degree and an MBA in Management Sciences at the Graduate School of Management in Kuala Lumpur, Malayasia.

He has since returned to the UK to obtain a second masters degree in business globalisation at the University of Aberdeen in 2012. He’s now been offered the opportunity to undertake a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Management Studies at Aberdeen from October 2012 - a 36 month study programme which will allow him to extend his current work visa.

He has an impressive CV involving experience as a research assistant and conference organiser at national and international level whilst in Malaysia, supply chain management work experience with Petronas in Kuala Lumpur, and asset consultancy. His leadership, organisational skills, computer expertise and team skills have been praised. He speaks Albanian and English and can write and translate in Arabic, Turkish and Malay.

To tale up the PhD offer at Aberdeen hajdin needs financial support by September 2012 to cover costs (£11,000 per year) and living expenses.

The Kosovan Government has no current resources to do so. If any company, entrepreneur or individual is able to help in this - and invest in talent - please contact Hajdin direct at hajdinberisha@yahoo.com to obtain a full CV, or via Anne Swift, 6 Gibson Road, Lindholme, Doncaster DN7 6DF.

Given his business skills and language skills a company with international links could combine support with work experience.

Doncaster can be proud of its help to Kosovan families and take pleasure in Hajdin’s progress since a 13 year old at Hayfield and Rossington Comprehensive schools.

Tony Storey, OBE, Freeman of Doncaster,Lound, Retford

Reader’s photo:

From the Don to the sights of Venice

Have you got a great photo you’d like to share with Doncaster Free Press readers? Then why not send it to us and you could see your picture published. Whether its scenery, buildings, people or places - If you’ve taken a picture simply email it along with your details to editorial@doncastertoday.co.uk and mark the subject line ‘Picture of the Week’.

This week’s picture comes from Dennis Hodgetts from Warmsworth, who sent us this picture of the Rialto Bridge in Venice.