Letters, August 28, 2014

European Jet Ski Championships at Doncaster Lakeside. Picture: Andrew Roe
European Jet Ski Championships at Doncaster Lakeside. Picture: Andrew Roe

Free Press readers have their say

Lakeside is a haven for wildlife, but is it suitable for jetski racing?

Once again Doncaster Lakeside is hosting the Jet Ski Championships. I hope both participants and spectators enjoy themselves but I have to question whether this location is suitable for such an event?

The Lakeside area is a haven for wildlife and normally a tranquill space enjoyed by residents, visitors and the many people who work in the vicinity. I presume Doncaster Council receive a substantial fee for staging the event but doubt whether this compensates for the detrimental effect the Jet Skis have on the wildlife and environment. It is wonderful to see birds such as the Great Crested Grebe diving for fish on the lake and it would be a shame if they were scared away for good.

I`m not a killjoy but hope the Jet Skiers can be accommodated where there are existing water craft/boating facilities such as Hatfield Water Park. It does seem odd that harmless rowing boats, sailing dinghies etc are not allowed at Lakeside but high powered Jet Skis are!

Peter Wood, Scaftworth Close, Bessacarr

Time for a rethink

Ros Jones - is it not now time for a rethink? And to take stock of the situation before it’s too late?

Last week, 15 allegations of abuse at Highgrove Care Home (Mexborough )

This week accusations of not meeting essential care standards resulting in enforced closure Clifton Court Care Home ( Sprotbrough)

Two shockers in as many weeks .Lets also remember long standing abuse at The Solar Centre.

Surely to God in light of these latest developments the council should consider their decision on the June 25 and not destroy and dismantle our superb quality council run care homes and SEC Centres . Our front line services, both our care homes and our SEC Centres are run by genuine carers, dedicated and loyal management, carers and staff who are well trained ,long serving and who go the extra mile to deliver up and beyond their responsibilities and job description. To dismantle such quality homes and centres in today’s climate just because care can be delivered cheaper elsewhere. I ask at what price ?

Ros Jones , the cabinet ,Pat Higgs, all Labour councilors who were in favour of dismantling these vital quality care facilities please re-consider before it is too late once they are lost they are lost forever !

Please listen to over 27,000 people , to the eight opposing councilors who called in the decision , to the families and staff involved and consider the best interest, welfare and well being of the elderly and vulnerable who’s lives will impact as a result of this decision .

Christine L Blackham, Member of Caregate campaign an action group

Disease is a real worry

How can the BBC and Sundays national papers claim that the Ebola outbreak risk to Britain remains very low? Ebola is a real danger to the United Kingdom due to figures showing that thousands of illegal immigrants are disappearing through the UK’s porous borders every year, this also raises questions about the potential danger of not only Ebola entering Britain but also jihadist terrorist suspects returning to the country through our porous borders.

How can health chiefs claim that the Ebola risk to the UK remains very low amid reports that a Briton who tested positive for the virus in Sierra Leone was being flown to Britain; how many potential carriers are slipping in through our pores borders?

Some Sunday papers report government sources saying a person (who has not been named) was being assessed for possible transfer to the UK.

Isolation units have been set up at the Royal Free Hospital in north London.

More than 1,400 people have died from the virus in West Africa since March.

News paper quote: Prof John Watson, deputy chief medical officer for England, said: “The overall risk to the public in the UK continues to be very low. Medical experts are currently assessing the situation in Sierra Leone to ensure that appropriate care is provided. We have robust, well-developed and well-tested NHS systems for managing unusual infectious diseases when they arise, supported by a wide range of experts; consular assistance is being provided to the British national.”

This can also be very concerning because all too often NHS experts are best described as follows; the ex being a has-been and the spert a drip under pressure!

The same applies to those running the UK’s border agency

Eddie Storey, Huntington Street, Bentley

All making a difference

It’s been a whirlwind eight months since I became the community fundraiser for the St John’s Hospice Development Appeal. I have travelled across the borough of Doncaster, and visited schools, businesses, clubs and shops.

I have met people from all walks of life and of all ages. Some have had no personal contact with the hospice or its services, while some are supporting us in memory of a loved one, friend or neighbour.

Talents have been put to good use from cake baking to cycling, as well as musical and artistic gifts. Events have been planned for weeks or even months by focused and committed people who want to make a difference.

However diverse this group of fund-raisers and supporters has been, and continues to be, they all have one thing in common: they have made a difference.

As the hospice redevelopment continues, with every wall that is painted and with every roof truss that is put in place, the support throughout Doncaster seems to be growing.

The fundraising total as it currently stands, at over £123,000, is actually greater than the sum of its parts, in the sense there is a story behind every penny raised.

I do have some favourite moments, usually involving some act of overwhelming kindness or generosity, as well as unforgettable ones which affirm for me and others how important the hospice is.

For some people raising money is a way of saying thank you, for others it’s about an instinctive understanding that it is a cause worth going the extra mile for.

Two groups doing just that in the next couple of months are Thorne Golf Club and the Simply Voices choir.

Thorne is holding a charity Golf Day on September 20 at its Kirton Lane Club. There will be prizes for the first five places on the day, and the format will be Stableford Full Handicap.

There’s also an opportunity to enjoy a wonderful evening of singing this autumn.

A Grand Night for Singing is presented by Simply Voices, a Doncaster community choir of over 100 members.

Taking place at Hall Cross, St Michael’s Road, Bessacarr, on October 10 at 7.30pm, all the proceeds and the raffle to be held on the night will go directly to the hospice.

I’d also like to wish Hannah Rogerson all the very best for her first Great North Run next month. Hannah is running for the hospice in memory of her dad. Thanks Hannah.

Last, but not least, thanks to everyone who has run the extra mile for us – we really do appreciate very penny.

Places can be booked on the golf day for £17 by emailing c.g.huffee@hotmail.co.uk or calling 07947 349788.

Tickets for Simply Voices, priced £7, can bought from any choir member or by calling 01302 788650.

Mel Hewitt, Community fundraiser St John’s Hospice

Thanks to teachers

It’s that time of the year again for schools and pupils across Doncaster and, after what will no doubt have seemed like a long wait, thousands of young people received their GCSE results this week following on from the A-level results last Thursday. 
As many of you will know, this can be a nervous and exciting time for students, parents and teachers, and I would like to congratulate everyone who worked hard and got the outcome they were hoping for.

Results day not only signifies the culmination of a lot of hard work, but also the start of a new phase in the lives of our young people.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to offer my thanks to all the teachers and staff at our schools and colleges, and hope everyone had a good Bank Holiday and what is left of the school holidays before the start of the next academic year.

Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster