Letters, Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Have your say

Cast your vote to help boost charity

EVERYONE knows it’s a hard time to be a charity but here at the Percy Hedley Foundation we’re delighted to be in the running to secure £15,000 funding from the grant organisation, People’s Postcode Trust.

 As the North East’s leading disability charity we’re hoping, with the help of local businesses and the general public, to secure enough votes to win the £15,000 which will help us to continue to transform the lives of the disabled children, young people and adults who need our support.

 We provide services to disabled people from across the North East and it would be great if readers could take part in the free Vote that Counts campaign.

 The campaign launched on October 29 and voters have until November 18 to cast their vote. As well as the top prize of £15,000, a further £10,000 and £5,000 will be won by two runner-up charities.

 To vote, simply visit www.votethatcounts.org where there is dedicated information on the campaign and the charities taking part.

 We are currently trying to raise funds for two specific projects to enable our children, young people and adults to lead full and active lives.

 Percy Hedley College needs to develop a sensory room for students, and our children’s residential service is in desperate need of a new minibus to allow our children to access the community facilities outside of school hours.

 By simply registering their free vote online readers can make sure that we are in with an excellent chance to win the £15,000 prize. We are up against a number of national charities so it won’t be easy.

 The charity with the highest number of votes on November 18 will secure the £15,000 funding. The Percy Hedley Foundation would really love to be that charity.

Ed Turner BA (Hons)

Facts swept away

IN his response to my earlier letter on Labour being trapped by their record of grotesque financial mismanagement, Mr W Quinn once again tried to sweep away any facts inconvenient to his arguments, (November 5).

 This time it is the quote from Sunderland’s ex-MP Chris Mullin that Gordon Brown said he had left the Public Sector Borrowing Requirement as a “ticking time bomb for the next Government”.

 Mr Quinn dismisses this quote from the well received and critical acclaimed diaries as “fiction” and “tittle-tattle”. Yet he asks us to trust his own political fantasies.

 Well there are more comments and critiques for him to consider. Firstly there was the note left by Liam Byrne, Labour’s ex-Treasury Secretary which read “Dear Chief Secretary, I’m afraid there is no money. Kind regards – and good luck, Liam”.

 Apologists claim this was a joke. However, there is many a truth said in jest.

 During the last period of growth Gordon Brown notoriously failed to fix the roof while the sun shone. The Institute of Fiscal Studies said: “The Prime Minister did not leave his successor Chancellor with the fiscal room to cope with even a modest economic slowdown, let alone the problems we currently face”.

 The International Monetary Fund stated that because of Labour’s policies the UK economy would be the worst hit in the G7 Group of major economies.

 Even Tony Blair himself said in his memoirs that he tried in 2006 to persuade Gordon Brown to reduce borrowing. All to no avail as we now know to our cost.

 We must not forget that millionaire Red Ed Miliband and his cohort Ed Balls were in the thick of the Labour fiscal debacle.

Alan Wright,


Right to complain

KEITH O’Brien is right to complain about misleading comments concerning the police put out in Labour Party newsletters across the city.

 Earlier this year, a Labour leaflet in St Chad’s stated, “frontline policing slashed”

and “steepest rise in crime in over a decade”, neither of which is true.

 On the first point, Chief Superintendent Kay Blyth stated at a recent Police and Community Forum that she was “flush” with frontline officers.

 A further communication said there had been no reduction in the 24/7 response or the number of neighbourhood constables in Sunderland.

 And according to Northumbria Police, crime fell by eight per cent last year across the constabulary, including consistent reductions on Wearside.

Councillor Robert Oliver,


Conservative Council Group

Named after star

I WAS interested in Terry Christie’s letter about the television star Justine Lord (November 6).

 I was born in 1968, and my mother always told me she named me after a beautiful and popular actress of the day.

 Now I know who she was.

 I suspect there are many women of a certain age who share my Christian name. I only wish I had Justine Lord’s good looks!

Justine Schooling,

Sevenoaks Drive,