Recorder letters: Bus changes, grow a beard in December, asthma and flu and support ME

PUBLISHED: 12:00 04 November 2018

Have your say on the future of London bus services. Picture: KEN MEARS

Have your say on the future of London bus services. Picture: KEN MEARS


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

Have your say on bus proposals

Syed Kamall, MEP for London, writes:

Transport for London (TfL) is conducting an important consultation on the future of our bus services in London - but time is running out for your readers if they wish to take part.

TfL is considering changing 34 routes across central London in order to create a more efficient, modern, simple network with buses in the right places at the right times.

This will involve changing and shortening routes and altering frequencies. The planners also propose to axe three routes and create one new one within the city centre.

For many bus passengers this could mean a big impact on their lives.

I would encourage all bus passengers to make sure they know what the changes mean for them - and to let TfL know what they think.

You can check the details and comment at up until November 9.

Back Decembeard charity campaign

Jim Rosenthal, sports broadcaster, writes:

I’m calling on dads, brothers, sons, nephews, grandads and uncles to grow a beard this December and raise money for Bowel Cancer UK.

Taking part in Decembeard is simple. All you need to do is clean shave on November 30 and let your facial fuzz grow throughout the month. Already bearded? No problem. Dye, ditch or decorate your beard and join the campaign.

Bowel cancer is the third most common cancer in men and the second biggest cancer killer in the UK. However it shouldn’t be. It’s treatable and curable, especially if diagnosed early.

Grow a beard this December and raise funds to support vital services and lifesaving research. Sign up at

Asthma sufferers at risk from flu

Dr Andy Whittamore, clinical lead, Asthma UK, writes:

New analysis by Asthma UK reveals that about one million Brits with asthma are at risk because they’re not planning to get the flu vaccine – even though eight in 10 people with asthma say flu is a top trigger for life-threatening asthma attacks.

That’s why Asthma UK is urging people with asthma to get the flu vaccine as soon as possible to reduce their risk of catching the virus and prevent a life-threatening asthma attack.

The flu virus can increase the inflammation in the airways so they can become narrow, leaving people coughing, wheezing and gasping for breath.

This increased inflammation also means people are more likely to react to other triggers, such as pollen or pollution, increasing the chance of an asthma attack. Every asthma attack is potentially life-threatening with around three people dying from one in the UK every day.

Asthma UK’s website provides all the information you need about flu – visit

The flu vaccine is available free of charge to anyone with asthma who meets any of the following criteria:

• they have been using preventer medicine

• they have needed a course of oral or systemic steroids

• they have had a previous hospital admission because of their asthma.

It can take up to two weeks for the vaccine to be fully effective, so we are urging people to get it as soon as possible so they’re protected during the ‘peak flu’ season in December and January.

People with asthma should also make sure they keep taking their regular preventer medicines for their best chance of staying well with their asthma.

We are urging people to get the facts about flu so they can make an informed decision by visiting

Support for those affected by ME

Sonya Chowdhury, chief executive, Action for ME, writes:

The loneliness of living with a chronic, hidden illness is something readers living with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) are likely to know all too well

Offering the chance to meet others with ME, and to hear about our services and support that could help, UK charity Action for ME’s upcoming conference and AGM is free and open to all.

Delegates can learn about the latest biomedical research we’re funding, and hear from the Countess of Mar about her inspiring campaigning for improved services and better treatment.

This event takes place on Wednesday, November 28, 9.30am to 4.30pm, at Allen & Overy, One Bishops Square, London E1 6AD.

I warmly invite any reader affected by ME to book their free place now at or by calling Action for ME on 0117 927 9551.

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