Letters, Saturday, March 17th, 2012

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Mums – our unsung heroes

TOMORROW is Mother’s Day.

It’s a day to celebrate and pamper our mothers, who give so much throughout their lives.

Our mothers raise us, nurture us, encourage and console us, through thick and thin, good times and bad.

They say a mother’s work is never done.

This is doubly true because, having raised their families, many mothers find themselves in later life in the role of carer for a partner, parent or loved one.

Six out of 10 carers are women. They carry out this difficult, draining role without complaint and often without any kind of support or likelihood of respite.  

Carers are twice as likely to become ill or disabled as the rest of us, and over a third of carers have never taken any time off since they started caring.

They desperately need our support.

I work for Vitalise, a charity that provides much-needed respite breaks for disabled people and carers.

Our breaks enable carers to take crucial time off from the caring role, to regain their strength and reconnect with their loved ones. They tell us that the breaks we provide often make the difference between coping and despair.  

Without respite from caring, many carers would face a very bleak future indeed.

I would like to invite your readers to commemorate Mother’s Day by donating to our vital work.  

With your help we can support more of the region’s disabled people and carers in desperate need of respite.

For more information about our breaks or how to donate, please call 0303 303 0147 or visit www.vitalise.org.uk.

Colin Brook, Vitalise

Rescue anger

Mr Walton’s letter (Echo, March 10) is disingenuous.

Rescue’s policy, on the City of Adelaide as stated at http://rescue-archaeology.org.uk/2012/02/07/rescue-concerned-over-city-of-adelaides-future/ is to support any attempt to provide a long-term sustainable future for the City of Adelaide which can be shown to understand the magnitude of the task and demonstrate an ability to undertake the substantial financial responsibility involved.

Scarf, in relation to the City of Adelaide, most closely resemble a crowd of five-year-olds standing outside a pet shop crying for a puppy, because they want it so much they believe it is already exclusively theirs.

They don’t have the money to buy or feed it, nowhere appropriate to keep it and care for it and no understanding of their limitations in carrying out the full responsibilities of ownership.

If they got the puppy they would be completely reliant on “adult” (or more informed) support, advice, finance and practical assistance to care for it.

They would resent this as “interference” in their own enjoyment of their puppy.

Like the five-year-olds, they have no idea how to go about achieving their wish; they have shown it is beyond them to gain any understanding of what would be required of them to properly care for the puppy, nor have they at any time had any active or meaningful discussion with any of the “appropriate adults” (ie the official bodies) who could help them to achieve their wish.

Scarf simply believes in the pester-power of a five-year-old’s wants and wishes and expect to wake up one bright morning to find that, simply to stop the pointless noise, the ship fairy has placed the City of Adelaide at the bottom of their bed.

That is the sole extent of Scarf’s capacity to deliver the City of Adelaide to Sunderland. Unity is indeed an important requirement in resolving the plight the City of Adelaide is currentlly in, but it is not clear what useful contribution Scarf believe they have to make.

Pamela V Irving, Editor, Rescue News

Tories lead way

Recent announcements show that much economic investment is heading to the North East, thanks to the policies of the Conservative-led Government.

Included are the £4.5billion Intercity Express Programme for Hitachi, £9.3 million from the Regional Growth Fund to help Nissan develop the new Invitation model, 400 jobs at Lear together with a further £5 million from the Regional Growth Fund for Unipress, a Nissan supplier, which will create a further 300 jobs.

This is in stark contrast to the controlling Labour group which refused to transfer £22,000 to create additional apprenticeships for youngsters in the city.

Bob Francis, Conservative Councillor, Fulwell Ward

Swing decision

Councillor Peter Wood is requesting a debate about the suitability of the “controversial” swingers’ club in the city centre.

This club has been told it should apply for planning permission to be able to continue as a venue for its present use.

If permission is refused, will it still be able to function indefinitely?

The reason I question these planning rules/laws, is because of the premises in St Mark’s Road that was refused retrospective planning permission in January 2006.

Although the council has the power to enforce closure, the people in this building continue to operate, despite losing every appeal, even at the highest level.

This is not a crusade about morality or religion, but a genuine enquiry into how these regulations work.

A. Moon, Lakeside