Letters, October 11, 2012

Whitby Abbey. Picture: Mick Deakin, from Warmsworth.
Whitby Abbey. Picture: Mick Deakin, from Warmsworth.

Congratulations to the 40 Doncaster young people who received their Certificate of Achievement at the Doncaster Freemen Young People’s Award Ceremony held at the Mansion House.

Each secondary school and Doncaster College nominated two students aged 15 to 18. The awards were presented by the Civic Mayor, Councillor Chris Mills on September 14.

On behalf of the Freemen our thanks to our major sponsors Peglers, with additional support by Polypipe; to Councillor Yvonne Woodcock for tours of the Mansion House; to the Mansion House staff and catering service; to the schools for nominating students; to the Doncaster Free Press and Trax FM for coverage of the event; and to Janet Bailey of The Hayfield School for producing the brochure at cost.

We look forward to another award ceremony in 2013.

Tony Storey, chair of Doncaster Freeman Group

Elderly need your support

I WORK for Independent Age, the charity which supports thousands of older people across the UK.

We tackle older people’s poverty and loneliness by offering information, advice and friendship. For those who need it, we also offer befriending and support from an Independent Age volunteer.

We support over 6,000 older people across the UK and Ireland and are in urgent need of new volunteers to join our dedicated team in Doncaster.

Whatever your talents, you can use them to help us with our work improving the lives of older people in your community. So, whether you’re a good listener and would like to visit a lonely older person near you, or enjoy getting out and about and meeting new people, we have the volunteer roles to suit you.

All new volunteers receive a full induction, and, of course, we’ll pay for your expenses.

To find out about volunteering opportunities in your area and to request an application pack, please contact Jacoba Oldham, area manager for Yorkshire, on 01977 551405 or Jacoba.oldham@independentage.org.uk

Jacoba Oldham, PO Box 148, Ledston, Castleford, West Yorkshire, WF10 9AA

Help raise cash for cats

In response to your article last week I would like to reinforce the message about neutering and responsible cat ownership.

At Doncaster Cats Protection we have also been inundated this year with requests for us to take in unwanted litters of kittens but we just don’t have the space and fewer people are coming forward to adopt. It may be that the homing fee puts people off, but we can be flexible rather than lose a good home.

All our cats are fully treated for fleas and worms, are vaccinated and micro-chipped, and are neutered if old enough.

People on benefits can get help from us with the cost of neutering their cats by ringing our helpline.

Fund raising is becoming more difficult as many venues were cancelled this year because of the weather so we would also be grateful if anyone could let us know of fetes, galas etc. at which we could have a stall next year.

Our contact number is (01302) 840777.

Maureen Young, Doncaster

Help us fight for disabled kids

The Paralympics got everyone thinking about disability in a positive way but many readers may not realise that families with disabled children face huge challenges in everyday life.

Many families have to fight long and complicated battles just to find an appropriate school or therapy for their disabled child and often the support can only be found far away from their home.

The impact on family life cannot be underestimated. Families are unable to spend quality time together and may even miss occasions such as birthdays.

At Scope, we believe all families with disabled children should get the support they need through local services.

We are launching a campaign called ‘keep us close’ to put pressure on the Government to make the changes that will stop families having to fight for services or travel long distances, but we need your help.

We’re asking the residents of Doncaster to come into their local Scope shop between 1st and 21st October and sign our petition cards to help families with disabled children get the support they need.

And while you’re in the shop, you never know, you may be able to pick up a bargain too.

Barbara Bell, Shop Manager, Scope, Kingsway House, Hallgate, Doncaster

Well done to the charity cyclists

First I must apologise for the lateness of this “congrats “ letter.

A big well done and congratulations to all those who completed the London to Paris Cyclathon, including all the support staff.

All of you deserve a gold medal, especially our nephew and niece, Chris and Jeanette Hiblin.

Bluebell Wood and all of your sponsors are very proud of you. Here’s to the next one!

David and Pat Harrison, Corn Hill, Conisbrough

Give Dean time to do the job

I CANNOT understand the sections of the crowd shouting at the direction of Dean Saunders.

In the close season he was given a 75 per cent cut to his budget to put a team together and he has not spent a penny on players.

I think he is doing a good job. He did a good job at Wrexham with a worse budget.

With a win from our game in hand it would put the team in a play off position. We seem to have good back room staff and there’s not a long list of injuries anymore.

I would settle for a mid table finish this season then move on. Give him time and look at the bigger picture.

Bill Rollitt, Knaresborough

Slow speed limit isn’t working

Another load of rubbish from councillors regarding curtailing the speed limits to 20 mph.

The main areas to include are outside school areas. Think again councillors.

We have had a 20 mph limit in certain areas of Stainforth for five-plus years and motorists (or should I say most motorists) still drive at 50/60/70 mph. Some of these are even on the paths.

Mr B Doane, Coronation Road, Stainforth

We already 
have a link road

Re: Robin Hood link road, junction 3 M18. Is it just me or don’t we already have a road to the A638?

It’s called the M18 and crosses the A638 at Bessacarr Golf Club, only half a mile from the proposed Parrots Corner link to Robin Hood Airport.

All we need is a slip road on and off at Bessacarr, half a mile north of Parrots Corner and the job is done.

Alan Potts, Balcarres Road, Rossington

Does anyone know my old friend?

Could any one help me find a friend from 1962?

It was a long time ago and her name was Pamela Tate. I don’t know if she is married now.

My name was Norah Proctor and I used to work at Radiance Toffees on Radiance Road with Stella Spriggs, who is now Stella Vickers.

If you are still around, or know if she is, could you give me a call on 07769 513038 please. I would very much like to see Pamela again.

I’d also like to know if she remembers Susan Cox (Vickers), as we are good friends now.

Norah Lawson, Rockingham House, St James Street, Doncaster

Why not run the marathon for us?

Have any of your readers been lucky enough to secure a place in the 2013 London Marathon through the public ballot?

Or would they like one of our guaranteed charity places?

World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) is appealling to those who have their own place or would like to take up a charity place to consider fundraising for us.

WCRF is the principal UK charity dedicated to the prevention of cancer, research into and the promotion of a healthy diet, nutrition, physical activity and weight management.

So not only will taking part help you get into the kind of habits that can reduce your own cancer risk but the money raised will help us continue to fund our research and education programmes on cancer prevention.

Whether you are lucky enough to have had a successful ballot application, or would like one of our guaranteed golden bond places, we offer every runner the same outstanding level of support – training and nutritional advice; a welcome pack; a WCRF running vest; a personal online sponsorship page; a January reception with experts offering training and fundraising tips; regular team training runs; a post-race reception with free massage and shower.

Please apply by November 2nd by visiting World Cancer Research Fund calling 0207 343 4222 or emailing events@wcrf.org.

Sarah Himelfield, Events Fundraiser, World Cancer Research Fund

Across the rooftops to Whitby Abbey: This week’s photo was sent to us by Mick Deakin of Warmsworth.

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