Letters, Monday, December 19th, 2011

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Please donate to help our Society

WHEN I was a very small child I used to write a letter to Father Christmas each year to let him know what I wanted for Christmas and, just for good measure, I would shout up the chimney on Christmas Eve with my list of requirements.

As childhood gives way to adulthood the spirit of Christmas lives on in all of us.

The sense of family, friends and goodwill burns as brightly as ever. However, difficult economic times have made many of us far more aware of the need to watch how much we spend and subsequently our generosity to good causes is tempered with caution.

The hard economic reality of life at present is that charitable causes are finding it more difficult than ever before to attract donations. This sadly has a knock-on effect through the number of services charities are able to offer to many of the most vulnerable in our society. It is a no-win situation.

Here at Sunderland and North Durham Royal Society for the Blind we find ourselves in the same situation – a reduced income which results in a reduction of the services so many of our members have come to rely on.

Sight loss is undoubtedly one of the most traumatic experiences any of us can encounter. It can lead to loss of confidence and isolation. Any assistance this Society can offer to visually-impaired people can, quite literally, become a lifeline.

I am writing to ask if any of your readers would consider making a donation towards our work this Christmas? We have a great deal to do and many ideas to help make life easier and more fulfilling for those who are blind and partially sighted.

I have begun my list once again to Father Christmas, but this time it is in order to raise funds for the Society. I will even shout up the chimney again this Christmas Eve if it will help in much-needed income.

Any donations will be most welcome. Cheques and postal orders should be made payable to “Sunderland and North Durham Royal Society for the Blind” and sent to 8 Foyle Street, Sunderland, SR1 1LB.

All contributions will be acknowledged and I can promise every reader, the warm feeling of helping someone less fortunate will contribute greatly to the enjoyment of Christmas.

Richard Wood, Executive Officer, Sunderland and North Durham Royal Society for the Blind, Foyle Street, Sunderland

Caring angels

DURING the past few weeks there has been a lot published in some of the daily national newspapers on how badly a great many elderly people have been treated and not cared for properly in some of our NHS hospitals and care homes.

May I, an 88-year-old, and rather badly disabled women, tell you of the superb treatment that I have personally experienced in three of our NHS hospitals, namely the Sunderland Royal Hospital, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead and the Monkwearmouth Hospital and hospice, also in Sunderland.

The staff in all three are better than excellent.

I have witnessed staff caring so wonderfully for all the old patients and feeding each one so carefully on each occasion with such loving care. So wonderful to watch them.  

Nothing is too much trouble for them, from the youngest just starting their nursing careers or to the older ones with many, many years of truly devoted service.  

We are lucky to have such good hospitals in the North East, staffed with excellent nurses and doctors.

So please let us all thank our “lucky stars” that we have them and respect them.

Joan Lochwood, Washington

Patient fans

I WAS annoyed to read Mick The Pen’s latest rant at Sunderland supporters.

He asks us to be patient.

Where has he been for the past 40 years? We have not won anything since 1973 and have been the longest-suffering fans in the country.

He then says that we pick on trivial issues. This coming from someone who has complained for years about the most trivial things. I could write a list, post office queues, flat caps, buskers, pensioners, the Bridges, tartan trolleys, the list is endless. I am sure he just does it to annoy people.

But good luck to Martin O’Neill. He will need it with fans like Mick The Pen in the Stadium.

Mr J Longstaff, Hylton Road, Sunderland

Thanks for help

ON Tuesday night I had a fall on Durham Road.

Two cars, one either side of the road, stopped and came to my aid and helped me back to my feet.  

One gentleman didn’t live in the town, the other lived in Ryhope. He took me to the Crowtree Centre.

Just to let them know I am feeling much better after a hot bath. Thank you.

Bob Martin, Sunderland