Letters, Friday, May 1, 2015

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Please help the children of Nepal

AS Unicef prepares two cargo flights of humanitarian supplies for urgent airlift to Kathmandu, I am urging the UK public to support Unicef UK’s Nepal Earthquake Appeal.

 Each day the death-toll continues to rise, and Unicef is warning that at least 2.8million children are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. As a result, I want people here to do all they can to help them.

 I don’t think anyone seeing the news could fail to be moved by the devastating situation in Nepal.

 I was able to visit this beautiful country with Unicef, so I know that the team on the ground will be doing everything in their power to help children and their families in danger.

 The children I met in Nepal left a lasting impression on me, and now hundreds of thousands of them are facing nights out in the elements.

 It’s absolutely heart-breaking to think that some of the children I met have now been left with nothing. The earthquake has not only destroyed their homes and their schools, but left millions of children scared and in danger.

 By texting NEPAL to 70123, and donating £5, you can help Unicef keep more children safe following this terrible disaster.

 Unicef UK is supporting Unicef’s work on the ground, including delivering clean water and other life-saving emergency supplies to children and their families.

 Unicef UK executive director David Bull has told me that with children accounting for half the country’s population, he fears loss of life and great disruption to children’s lives, as homes and schools are destroyed.

 Unicef has been working in Nepal for more than 40 years so their ­experience and local knowledge is huge.

 But they cannot do it alone. Just £5 could help to provide an emergency water kit that will enable a family to collect, store and even purify water.

 The children of Nepal need our help. Please donate today.

Ewan McGregor,

actor and Unicef UK Ambassador

Educate young to appreciate city

WHY do the people of Sunderland still say the town when we are a city.

 They keep going on about the shipyards, pits and factories.

 Yes, it was our way of living with plenty of work for all. Happy times, or were they?

 Coal dust, noise from yards, dust from clothing factories, clock in, clock out, coming home full of muck, over the moon to have the weekend off.

 Earning just enough money to go to the rink, football match or the pub, then back to work. Kids would play in the streets making up their own games, dull grey buildings everywhere full of grime.

 Even so those times were a vast improvement on the industries to when our forefathers worked. We got shorter hours, a fortnight holiday a year and sick leave.

 We have moved on with the times. Look around you and see what we have now.

 Step outside your lovely comfortable shopping mall, The Bridges, explore your city, see the improvements over the years.

 The docks are now a lovely walk away, the East End is looking good. The pits are beautifully landscaped with lakes and wildlife. We have fine restaurants, best theatre, Glass Centre, cinema, bowling alley, swimming baths, pubs and the best football stadium (think Roker Park).

 That is why we must look forward, build our colleges and universities, work with our children and grandchildren to get the best education. We must bring them into their future (totally different to ours), remind them of the grey days, let them see what the future holds for them.

 Educate them well to build this wonderful “town” and make it the sunny city they will be proud of for their children to look to the future.

Mrs M Fitzsimmons,

Plains Farm

Demolish windmill

MR K Stoker complains about the lack of investment in Fulwell Mill.

 Actually it should be demolished.

 There is no point in having a eyesore in an affluent area like Fulwell.

 Of course, the locals can kickstart a campaign fund, however, I do not think that many folk are too bothered about it.

 Quite frankly it is an out of date relic from another era. Yes, it looks quaint but throwing money at it would be pointless,we don’t need windmills in 2015.

 What the people of Fulwell need are better shops in Sea Road and an improved bus service to the city centre.

Mick, The Pen, Brown