Letters, Monday, September 23, 2013

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Bag a million for Heart Foundation

I WOULD like to thank everyone for the support they’ve shown so far for Tyne and Wear British Heart Foundation (BHF) shops’ Great British Bag-athon.

 BHF shops are aiming to raise one million bags of unwanted items throughout his month, so we really need the community to join in, have a clear-out and donate bags of unwanted things to BHF Tyne and Wear shops.

 Taking part is easy – fill up one bag or as many as you can with unwanted clothes, shoes, handbags, books, DVDs and homewares and donate to your local BHF shop.

 Every bag you fill makes a real difference in the fight for every heartbeat, and could be worth £20 to the BHF, helping to fund life-saving research into the fight against heart disease.

 If you have lots of things to donate, why not take on a Bag-athon challenge and aim to raise anything from five, 10 or even 15 bags for BHF Tyne and Wear shops. You can even ask friends and family to help you reach your target – the more you bag, the more researchers the BHF can fund and the more lives they can save.

 There’s still time for everyone to get involved and raise bags for the Great British Bag-athon.

 You can even book a free collection by calling 0844 412 5000.

 For more information on the Great British Bag-athon, visit bhf.org.uk/bagathon or pop into your local shop.

Nigel Bullock,

area manager for BHF shops

Bobbies not CCTV

I WAS rather puzzled to read the report in Wednesday’s Sunderland Echo, September 18, about the thief who stole the CCTV camera from a post office.

 What is the point of having CCTV if it is not switched on?

 What is the point if no one is monitoring it?

 What is the point if it does not have a recording facility?

 In the report it said: “We need the public to report any suspicious activity to us whenever they see it.”

 Surely, that is the whole point of having a camera there in the first place?

 Why would anyone have bothered to report suspicious activities when there was a camera there watching all the time? Why was the camera not fitted with an alarm, or surrounded by an electric fence, or even fitted with a simple bicycle chain lock?

 The reason it was there in the first place is because of rising crime figures (which are falling according to Government figures).

 Why not replace all CCTV cameras with policemen?

 Let’s see how many of those get stolen.

Robert Tomlinson,


Education mystery

CAN anyone explain to me the difference in a child losing school education, perhaps to go for one or two weeks’ holiday during school time, and losing education because builders have not “delivered a safe building or site”?

 The Grindon School principal, Chris Gray, said he did not imagine the shortened term (three weeks, not one or two) having a huge impact on youngsters’ education.

S Burel,

South Hylton

Thanks for helping

ON January 2, at about 9am, I took the dog for a walk and fell near Farringdon fire station.

 I broke my foot in two places and had to have surgery to put the bones of my foot back together.

 I would like to thank a woman, who was nearby in a car, for her help.

 This woman not only phoned for an ambulance, she also went out of her way to tell my family where I was. I also want to thank a man who kept hold of the dog until someone came.

 Once again thank you.

J Metcalf,

Plains Farm Estate

Memory dilemma

TERRY Christie (September 4) tells us he’ll be 50 next year.

 Mr Christie often writes to the Letters Page about the stars of the 1950s and 60s.

 He usually ends with a remark like ‘I’ll never forget...”

 But here’s the mystery. If you were still in infant school in 1970, how come you remember the 1950s?

Paul Manning,