Recorder letters: Litter, extra hour, run for charity and online safety

PUBLISHED: 12:00 29 October 2017

Cllr Howard said the move will save money. Picture: PA

Cllr Howard said the move will save money. Picture: PA


Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.

Too much litter is on the streets

Martine Diack, full address supplied, writes:

I’m not sure how my letter would be categorised, probably as a grumble, but I wanted to know if any of your other readers had noticed the increased amount of rubbish and litter that blights Stratford now.

I grew up in the area and my mother still lives there. She’s in the Carpenters Road Estate and each week I walk from Stratford station to Gibbins Road on my way to her. I’ve noticed a phenomenal increase in littering and general rubbish lying around.

Last night I went to see her and she told me that she’d yet again had to go out and clean up as much as she could.

She’s in her 80’s. She complained to the council as have most of the residents on her estate but nothing gets done.

I’m not talking about the odd coke tin or crisp packet it’s literally huge piles of litter everywhere.

Last night it looked like Glastonbury had been held outside her front door.

I was especially surprised as I’d have thought some effort to tidy up would have been made given the royal visit.

In any case I thought I’d ping your team a note to see had anyone else written.

I’ve very fond memories of your paper.

I found my first ever job in your vacancies column must be nearly 40 years ago now!

Support charity’s big hour campaign

Charmaine Green, mum of three, writes:

As we draw near to the clocks going back, I can’t help but think how precious time is.

When my two-year-old daughter Nevaeh was diagnosed with Leukaemia in 2009, I desperately tried to cling on to every hour, afraid of what the future might bring.

Throughout everything my family has been through, one charity understood. Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity truly know how to support families who are caring for a seriously ill child.

My family’s wonderful Rainbow Trust Family Support Worker, Lyn, helped us with the practical challenges of juggling a very ill child alongside everyday life.

She also helped us emotionally to cope with the unimaginable situation we found ourselves in and gave us precious time together as a family.

This October, as Nevaeh celebrates over five years of being cancer free, please support Rainbow Trust’s ‘Big Hour Campaign’ to make the most of your extra hour when the clocks go back, by donating an hour of your wages, or holding a 60-minute fundraiser. An hour of support from Rainbow Trust can make all the difference. Trust me, I know.

Please visit to find out more. Thank you for your support.

Get running to aid poorly animals

Paul Manktelow, principal of Regional Vet Services at PDSA, writes:

Many runners recently found out whether they have been lucky enough to secure an eagerly anticipated ballot place in the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon.

To celebrate 100 years of caring for sick and injured pets, leading pet wellbeing charity PDSA want to field their biggest ever team of animal lovers. By joining Team PDSA, you’ll be making a difference to the lives of thousands of pets and their owners with nowhere else to turn.

For runners who successfully secured a ballot place, we would be delighted for you to join Team PDSA to help us raise awareness of the vital work our vets and nurses undertake every single day.

Runners joining Team PDSA will be given fantastic support, including a post-race party in London, an after-race sports massage and goody bag, and a passionate cheering squad to help them around the 26.2 mile course. Runners will be given advice and guidance to help fundraise, and support throughout their marathon journey.

For anyone interested in running for PDSA and helping our dedicated vets and nurses treat sick and injured pets across the UK, please go to to find out more.

On behalf of poorly pets, thank you.

Children must be kept safe online

Lynn Gradwell, director, Barnardo’s London, writes:

The government’s plans to make it safer for children to go on the internet are welcome and could have a positive impact for countless young Londoners.

As the UK’s largest children’s charity, Barnardo’s has been calling for a safer internet and for parents to be more aware of the technology children are using and who they’re talking to online. Nowhere is that more important than in our digitally connected capital.

Our concern is that the digital revolution is enabling the sexual abuse and exploitation of children and young people through the internet and mobile devices.

The government’s new draft Internet Safety Strategy represents a golden opportunity to make social media companies more responsible for the content that may appear on their sites.

We have recommended the industry introduces measures to prevent online abuse, such as ensuring current and future games and apps have safeguards to prevent children being harmed, with users clearly informed about privacy settings.

We also believe children should be taught about online dangers in compulsory age-appropriate relationship and sex education lessons being introduced in 2019.

There must be an online code of practice that every social media company signs up to.

Companies also need to build in basic safety features from the outset during the design of their products.

A recent survey for Barnardo’s of more than 2,300 people revealed that a quarter (25 per cent) of youngsters aged 13-15 said they had communicated with a stranger on social media.

This included 27pc of girls and 33pc of 14 year olds.

The poll results coincided with the release of our Childhoods in a Digital World paper, examining both the challenges and opportunities to children from the rapidly evolving technological world.

This proposal is what we at Barnardo’s have been calling for to help protect vulnerable children and young people.

We look forward to working with the government to ensure children are safe online.


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