Recorder letters: Support meningitis sufferers with glitter, cyclists deaths, grow a beard for bowel cancer and get a letter from from Santa for children’s charity

PUBLISHED: 12:00 25 November 2018

Lisa Snowdon is getting her glitter on for Meningitis Now.

Lisa Snowdon is getting her glitter on for Meningitis Now.


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

Join the meningitis fightback

Lisa Snowdon, ambassador, Meningitis Now, writes:

I’d like to invite readers to get their glitter on this Christmas and help us fight back against meningitis.

At Meningitis Now, we’re inviting everyone to hold one of our festive Time 4 Tea fundraisers and bring your friends, family and colleagues together for a glittery party with a purpose.

It’s the perfect excuse to spend time with your loved ones and start the festive season with a sparkle – whilst helping to save lives and rebuild futures

Of course, it doesn’t get more glittery than Strictly Come Dancing, which I was fortunate enough to reach the final of a few years ago. Why not plan something around an episode of the show in the run up to Christmas?

There are lots of other ideas, from invitations to recipes and decorations in Meningitis Now’s free “get your glitter on” welcome pack to make it an easy and fun to organise. We’ve found a source of biodegradable eco glitter for you from our good friends at Eco Glitter Fun too.

The serious point is that you will be making a real difference to those at risk of meningitis and those whose lives have been changed forever because of it.

Money raised will help to fund preventative research, raise awareness and support those affected by the disease through Meningitis Now’s unique range of services.

I know only too well the misery meningitis can bring. Thankfully I made a good recovery; others are not so fortunate. Let’s sparkle this Christmas and fight back against meningitis. Find out how at

Cyclist deaths are tip of the iceberg

Brett Dixon, president, The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, writes:

It is only right that cyclists who kill or maim should face criminal sentences in the same way as drivers, as is currently being proposed by the government.

We still grieve for our loved one in the same way regardless of whether he or she is killed by a cyclist or driver.

These measures are an important way to help reduce casualties and bring cycling offences into line with driving offences, as they should be. But the government must not be complacent. Three pedestrians were killed last year by cyclists and these deaths are just the tip of the iceberg. Last year 68 per cent of pedestrians were killed by drivers.

I hope these figures can highlight that more needs to be done to reduce needless injuries and deaths for all road users this Road Safety Week (November 19-25).

Grow a beard and save lives

Carl Hester, Olympic gold medallist for dressage, writes:

I’m calling on men to grow a beard this December and raise money for Bowel Cancer UK. I’m thrilled to be supporting Decembeard, which is especially personal to me.

I’ve had polyps removed from my bowel and now have annual check-ups, but the realisation that it could have developed into bowel cancer really hit me.

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.

Bowel cancer affects one in 14 men in the UK and is the third most common cancer in men, so it’s a really important cause.

Save lives this December. Grow a beard and raise funds to support vital services and lifesaving research: sign up at

Support children’s charity this winter

Rupa-dey Amin, NSPCC , head of region for fundraising, writes:

As we approach the festive season I would like to ask your readers to do something amazing this Christmas to support the vital work of the NSPCC by requesting a Letter from Santa. We’ve teamed up with Santa himself to send personalised letters all the way from Lapland.

Each letter is printed and posted directly to your child in a festive envelope. You can choose the background design and fill in your child’s personal information such as age, best friend’s name or particular achievements throughout the year.

All we ask in return is a donation to help us be there for children, whatever their worries, this Christmas and beyond. Just £5 could buy paints to help a child who has been abused to express their feelings and begin to feel like themselves again. And £8 could cover the cost for our volunteer counsellors to answer two calls to Childline – in 2017/18 our they handled about 39,100 counselling sessions with children in London.

Your donations will help our fight for every childhood. Abuse ruins childhoods, but it can be prevented. That’s why we’re here.

To find out more visit

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