Letters to the editor: 08/02/17

(09 February, 2017)

Write to us at letters@southwarknews.co.uk


Sentencing a joke

What a state this country is getting into with the latest farcial judgement from a judge.

Two thugs attack a defenceless, innocent, disabled man in his wheelchair, leaving him with horrific injuries.

One gets sentenced to two years in prison and his associate gets one year.

Ten years inside would not have been enough for these pond life, but then again, read the following and see if prison is any sort of punishment.

A friend told me that the other morning he was sitting on a bench in Southwark Park next to a homeless man. He started a conversation with him, by asking how he ended up that way.

He said: “Until last week I still had it all.

“I had plenty to eat, my clothes were washed and pressed.

“I had a roof over my head. I had TV and internet and I went to the gym the pool and library.

“I was working on my MBA?online.

“I had no bills and no debt. I even had full medical coverage.”

I felt sorry for him, so I asked ‘what happened? Drugs? Alcohol? Divorce?

“Oh no, nothing like that,” he replied “I just got out of prison.”

Reg O’Donoghue, Walworth   


Fisher FC announce new club sponsor

I am so pleased to welcome British Land to Fisher as our Main Club Sponsor, in a deal which represent much more than just a commercial opportunity for us.

As soon as we started to speak to British Land about ways we could work together it was clear that their commitment to the community in SE16 and the surrounding locale was so closely aligned with our own aims and ethos. As a major investor in the local area British Land are focused on strengthening the local community, which obviously offers a natural synergy with Fisher as an entirely community owned football club.

We have already started exploring opportunities for Fisher to reach out via British Land to areas of the community who may not know that they have a senior club on their doorstep, and who may not be aware of the very different (and much more positive and inclusive) experience they will find at a non-league game as opposed to the corporate drive of the upper reaches of football. After succeeding in bringing The Fish back Home for the start of the season the focus for the Board has been to begin building the relationships which will see us continue to grow. We look forward to working closely with British Land to further contribute to establishing Fisher at the heart of SE16.

British Land are a long term investor in the Canada Water area, owning and operating Surrey Quays Shopping & Leisure and the SE16 Printworks; and having also recently purchased the historic Grade II-listed dock offices. They are currently developing proposals for a major new urban centre for the area, as part of the Canada Water Masterplan. Alongside community consultation and stakeholder involvement in the ongoing development of the Canada Water Masterplan, British Land support a range of local organisations and activities through their community partners, including this new sponsorship deal. They also continue to work with Surrey Docks Young Farmers, Docklands Junior FC and the Create Arts Young Carers project.

Supporters will see the new kits coming into use over the coming weeks, including the introduction of a new Away Kit. Previews of the kit will be featured on fisherfc.org soon, where we will also be polling supporters as to whether there is interest in producing made-to-order replica shirts.

For more about our new sponsors see www.britishland.com, and www.canadawatermasterplan.com

Dan Feeney, Fisher Interim Co-Chairman


Valentine’s break

This Valentine’s Day, couples everywhere will be looking forward to a romantic night out to focus on each other and enjoy time away from hectic daily life.

For parents caring for a life threatened or terminally ill child, life doesn’t stop on 14 February. Many are unable to head out for a relaxing meal due to the complexities of their child’s condition and finding a babysitter can be next to impossible when your child is so ill.

Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity supports over 2,000 families who are caring for a child with a life threatening or terminal illness. We help these families however we can to make life a little bit easier, as they face the reality that their child might not get better.

Our nine teams of specialist Family Support Workers will be busy this Valentine’s Day providing emotional and practical support to parents. They can give parents rare time together, as well as making sure that brothers and sisters don’t feel left out by organising fun activities for them.

Please make a donation to Rainbow Trust, to help us support even more families and give parents the break they truly deserve this Valentine’s Day. Just visit rainbowtrust.org.uk/donate or text RAIN18 £3 to 70070 to make a £3 donation.*

Anne Harris, Director of Care Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity


Theresa help Brits study aboard

We have recently seen the 30th anniversary of the EU Erasmus+ programme.

Since it began over 200,000 British students have benefited from the exchange programme, allowing them to study, train and gain work experience abroad.

Theresa May has said that after Brexit she will try to attract the “brightest and the best” to study in Britain, but made no mention of helping British students to continue to have the opportunity to study abroad.

Erasmus has been one of the glowing successes from our EU membership. It would be a devastating tragedy if this was lost as the government seeks to unpick our relationship with Europe. We must protect these opportunities for a generation who didn’t vote to lose them.

Caroline Pidgeon MBE AM , Liberal Democrat Assembly Member


It’s Time!

Last year more than 50,000 children and young people were counselled by the NSPCC’s Childline service for serious mental health worries.

It’s a shocking statistic in itself but even more disturbing when you realise that’s an average of one young person calling the helpline every 11 minutes.

More than a third of the counselling sessions about serious mental health issues were with 12-15 year olds.

The figures, released to coincide with Children’s Mental Health Week, highlight how young people are increasingly wrestling with a range of problems that include depressive disorders, self-harm and suicidal feelings.

They also raise further concerns about the level of mental health care available to children and young people desperate for professional support and treatment.

To help address this issue, the NSPCC’s ‘It’s Time’ campaign is pushing the government to ensure that young victims of abuse and neglect are given access to the right mental health support in a timely manner to aid their recovery.

Early signs of a serious mental health problem in children and young people include becoming withdrawn from friends and family, tearfulness and irritability, sudden outbursts of anger directed at themselves or others and problems eating or sleeping.

If your child is struggling with their mental health the first step is to talk to them and really listen to how they’re feeling.

If they are reluctant to open up to you then tell them about Childline. They can speak to a trained counsellor 24/7 in confidence by calling 0800 1111 or they can have an online chat with a counsellor via the website www.childline.org.uk

Should you feel they require medical support then please take your child to your family GP who will decide if and what professional treatment is required.

Colin Peak, NSPCC Regional Head of Service  London & South East




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