letters, Tuesday, June 24, 2014

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Thanks for taking a gamble on us

ON behalf of national veterinary charity, PDSA, which has a busy pet hospital in Hepworth Road, Sunderland, I would like to say a huge thank you to all those who play the People’s Postcode Lottery.

 We’ve just received news that players have raised another £50,000 to support the work of PDSA, bringing the total raised for us in less than a year to an incredible £600,000.

 This important funding ensures we can extend our vital pet wellbeing treatment and education programmes in many more areas, to keep pets healthy and happy. We are so very grateful to the players for their generosity.

 Last year more than 470,000 pets needed help from PDSA – a figure that has risen by more than 50 per cent in recent years. Annually, it costs £60million to run our veterinary service – all of which is funded entirely by public support.

 PDSA is one of 40 charities across Great Britain that will receive the extra funding boost from players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

 On behalf of us at PDSA and all the pets we treat – thank you for your amazing support.

Elaine Pendlebury,

PDSA Senior Veterinary Surgeon

Not superstars

I HOPE next season when those players who have represented our national side in the World Cup get off their coaches on a match day, barely acknowledging the fans who pay to watch them, complete with their Beats by Dre headphones and back to front baseball caps (chavs with money) and gangsta-style swagger, remember they are not the big boy superstars they think they are.

 Beaten by Uruguay, for example, a country with a population less than a third of that of London, a team whose players, apart from one or two, earn far less money but who had far more heart.

 Most of our players seemed reluctant to even put much effort into singing the national anthem – why? Not cool for some? Don’t play then. Every major tournament it’s the same. Disappointment from players who earn the most money, play and train in world class facilities but with the same end product – failure.

Tom Lynn

Bring on the footy

MANY people say that there is too much football on TV. I strongly disagree with that view. Soccer is the national sport. I prefer to watch the games on the BBC with the commentators such as Kenneth Wolstenhome and David Coleman, rather than the dull as dishwater, Adrian Chiles.

 Of course, this is only my opinion. I am sure that many other fans may prefer the dulcet tones of Mr Chiles and company.

 I have always been of the opinion that all big games, like the World Cup, should be shown on both the BBC and ITV at the same time to give fans the choice of commentator

 With all the digital channels available for other programmes, I do not think that this is a unfair suggestion.

Mick, The Pen, Brown