Free Press readers’ have their say
Doncaster is a sports loving place and we know from research that linking up with professional sports clubs is an effective way of communicating health messages.
This week we’re kicking off our bowel cancer awareness campaign in partnership with Club Doncaster, the community arm of Doncaster Rovers. The club is really getting behind our Keep A Clean Sheet campaign, including coverage at Saturday’s derby with Sheffield United, where NHS colleagues will be talking to fans about the symptoms to look for.
Nearly one Doncaster person a week dies from bowel cancer because they don’t spot the warning signs early enough. Keep a Clean Sheet features former Rovers goalkeeper Jan Budtz and my colleague Dr Marco Pieri promoting a very simple message: if you’ve had blood in your poo, or looser poo, for the past three weeks, tell your doctor.
I’d like to see that message spread far and wide, by Rovers’ fans and Doncastrians, so it becomes a routine, everyday check for all of us. Early diagnosis is the key to beating cancer.
Spot the signs as soon as they appear and tell your GP. It may be nothing to worry about, but don’t take a chance.
You can see a trailer video explaining more about Keep a Clean Sheet on our YouTube account The Free Press’ website and our YouTube page together with another video featuring me explaining the symptoms to look out for.
Dr Nick Tupper, Chairman of DCCG
Christmas appeal plea
It is that time of year again when we think about Christmas.
And I’m pleased to say that children, pupils and students from the Doncaster Deaf Trust are again helping to push an appeal which aims to make sure that Christmas is a special time for children right across the globe.
Each year people are asked to buy a few little extra gifts put them in a wrapped-up shoebox and send them with love overseas. We are so pleased to be a drop-off point for Samaritan’s Purse again this year.
This is such an important appeal and we are proud to play our part.
Each year people are invited to drop off their gift-wrapped shoe boxes at the Deaf Trust. We look after them for the Samaritan’s Purse appeal who then arrange for them to be sent to children around the world.
We know that times are tough for everyone but urge those who can afford to buy an extra gift or two to share a little Christmas cheer.
First of all, people are asked to decide if they want to send a gift for a boy or a girl. Then, they choose the age range of two to four, five to nine or 10 to 14 years old and put that information on their shoebox.
The appeal is for toys, educational supplies, toothbrushes, hairbrushes, soap, hats and gloves.
Since 1990, more than 113 million boys and girls in over 130 countries have received shoebox gifts through this scheme. And Doncaster residents have played an important part in that fantastic statistic.
Boxes can be dropped off at Doncaster Deaf Trust from Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm. Please note the last drop-off date is November 18.
We also want to make sure that Christmas is special in Doncaster.
To that end we are getting ready to officially mark the start of the festive season in style with our festive lights switch-on which will take place on November 20.
Representatives from the nursery, the school and the college will join in with the big countdown, when they will view the 2,000 lights in their full glory.
Each year the lights are a stunning spectacle for both residents of Doncaster and those who are visiting. I think they seem to get bigger and better every time.
I think it really brightens up Leger Way during the cold, dark winter months.
Bobbie Roberts, chairman of trustees, Doncaster Deaf Trust
Upset at my treatment
On the approach to Robin Hood Airport one to has to negotiate a series of roundabouts. At 3.20pm on October 12 I drove around these roundabouts intending to pick up some friends near the terminal - having used the same route on October 5. I was aware no parking was allowed. I negotiated the last roundabout when I was confronted by a series of cones which blocked the carriageway and there was only one temporary sign. There were no diversion or road closure signs on the approach to the cones. I stopped to try and find out where to pick up my passengers. A number of other cars and two taxis did the same thing.
A camera van was parked nearby. The driver of the van would not communicate and I was penalised £60 for stopping - not parking. A camera operator was clearly using the road closure to create revenue.
A Williams, Cadeby Road, Sprotbrough
Leaders not fit for office
I listened with interest to the speech by Yvette Cooper MP, Shadow Home Secretary. Now this is the kind of leader Labour needs. Someone who talks straight and doesn’t beat about the bush. Calling a spade a spade was one of the traits of the late John Smith, who many believe would have made a great leader, but I can’t see any of the present party leaders that are fit for purpose. We need someone with backbone, honesty and a understanding of what is happening in the real world. How strange that the shouting and mix up of the European Arrest Warrant should suddenly come along and take the spotlight off immigration and border security which was building up. We don’t need the EAW. If we are running our own agenda then we can negotiate extradition agreements with whom we like.
Dave Croucher, Pinfold Gardens, Doncaster
Two things about town
Firstly, I would like to congratulate Doncaster Corporations Gardening Section for the lovely display of wild flowers which they planted at the side of several roads. It has been a pleasure to see them.
Secondly, unfortunately, I cannot say the same about the Keepmoat Stadium.
I attended a football match on Monday night. The five-a-side courts were in full swing, the athletics were training, visiting football teams, spectators and one toilet. This was a disabled toilet to be used by men, women, boys and girls and it was blocked. The handle on the cistern was also broken. The one facility everyone needs was dreadful.
Joan Slater, Ellers Drive, Bessacarr
Fears over flooding
When I see the rain coming down I cannot but be concerned about the potential dangers of flooding due to Bentley’s weak flood defences.
It’s not as if the powers that be aren’t aware of it, it’s more a case of Doncaster MBC consistently turning a blind eye to the dangers of flooding in Bentley.
After the 2007 floods I attended a meeting at Don Valley School and gave out maps of how the flooding could be controlled at very little cost.
Today we still have very weak flood defences that are a real danger to the people who live in Finkle Street as well as those who live along stretches of the A19 going back to when the then Bentley Dyke was dredged in the year 2000, give or take a bit.
One section from the pumping station on the A19 north of Bentley Park was reduced for a stretch of 200ft by 8ft.
There’s also the damaged sections leading to the Trans Pennine Trail due to Doncaster MBC turning a blind eye to lorries etc driving along the public footpath to either fly-tip or allow horses to run wild.
Eddie Storey, Huntington Street, Bentley
Please don’t pontificate
What a strange letter from Caroline Flint MP about remembering our war heroes and the ending of Britain’s involvement in Afghanistan - Freeviews October 30. I say strange because wasn’t Ms Flint in Tony Blair’s government? The same Tony Blair who stood up in the House of Commons, misled his own country about weapons of mass destruction and led our country along with America into war with Iraq.
I find it offensive for any politician to pontificate when it is clear that they have been part of the problem in the first place.
You don’t need to worry about our war heroes Ms Flint. The real people of this country have always given generously towards their cause and always will. It is the politicians who were at fault when Blair and Bush talked about weapons of mass destruction. There will never be peace in the world while we have politicians.
Mick Glynn, Hatfield town councillor (UKIP), Doncaster Road, Hatfield