Letters, Thursday, August 21, 2014

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Fund-raisers in pink cars plea

I AM on the hunt for pink cars to join the Seventh Annual Pink Car Rally, which will be taking place on September 6 and 7.

 The event is to help raise awareness (and funds) of the Little Princess Trust Charity, which gives real hair wigs to children who lose their own hair, primarily through chemotherapy.

 Participants travel from all over the UK to join the rally and more pink car drivers would be welcome.

 It is strictly ‘on road’ and is more like a pink parade, which makes its way across the UK raising awareness of the charity’s work.

 This year’s rally will be ‘orbiting the orbital’ by completing a clockwise circuit of the M25 over two days.

 Starting in Langley, Slough, day one will see the pink procession join the M25, heading in a clockwise direction. A pink pit stop is planned around noon at South Mimms Services before it heads off again to Lakeside, where the pink cars will preen for the public and drivers will collect coins for the charity.

 Pink participants will be staying in the area overnight before starting day two of the rally at Brands Hatch racing circuit. From there, the parade will continue around the M25. A special ‘secret stop’ along the way is planned, before continuing to Langley, Slough, to complete the circuit.

 More information regarding the secret stop will be posted on Facebook (www.facebook.com/pinkcarrally) and Twitter (@saligray @pinkcarrally) closer to the date.

 If you would like to make a donation, we have a fund-raising team page at www.justgiving.com/teams/pink-car-rally-2014. Simply scroll through the team members and click on one of their pages to make a donation. All JustGiving donations go directly to the charity, which relies on fund-raising activities and donations to fund the wigs. Families, unaware of the charity, who buy a wig for their child privately can pay between £1,200 and £2,000 for one. This is precisely why we also want to raise awareness of the charity.

 For further information regarding the Pink Car Rally, please see our website www.pink-car-rally.com.

 If you would like to join the rally, email pinkcarrally@me.com or telephone 01452 618899

Sali Gray,

Pink Car Rally organiser.

Tall Ships Race is just hypocritical

I COULD not believe my eyes when I saw the Echo’s front page about bringing the Tall Ships Race to Sunderland (August 14).

 I think that it stinks to high heaven of hypocrisy.

 All that was said about our shipping heritage, given that our own ship the City of Adelaide was rejected.

 Actions speaker louder than words and Sunderland’s actions regarding the ship, City of Adelaide, scream the word hypocrites.

 Did it ever occur to anyone that maybe the Adelaide could have been entered in the Tall Ships Race, had we kept it?

 It beggers belief that Sunderland wants the world to come here to see old ships that were built in other parts of the world and yet we, being the biggest builder of ships, have no ships of our own. Why?

 I, personally, feel totally disgusted by the City of Sunderland’s actions regarding these subjects, and shall take great delight in boycotting Sunderland while the tall ships are in port.

R Tomlinson,


Sad about homes for greyhounds

I WAS sorry to read about the problem of greyhounds looking for homes (Echo, August 6).

 I am well into my 80s and I have had a black greyhound for almost three years.

 She is a wonderful companion. She raced in her younger years but now she just wants a quiet life.

R Ball and Bella the greyhound,