DURING National Volunteer Week (June 1-7) the Epilepsy Society would like to pay tribute to the unsung heroes everywhere who give so much of their time to help others.
We would especially like to say a big thank you to the wonderful volunteers who are so crucial to the work of our charity. Some visit schools and talk to pupils about epilepsy, while others help children, teenagers and adults at special neurology and epilepsy clinics in hospitals throughout the country, handing out information and giving support to people with epilepsy, their families, carers and others in the community.
In the UK one in every 100 people lives with epilepsy, many feel stigmatised and isolated. Our volunteers work tirelessly reaching out and providing helpful information leaflets on all aspects of the condition – information which can enable people to better manage their epilepsy.
More information about epilepsy and the issues which surround it, and volunteering opportunities, can be found at www.epilepsysociety.org.uk/volunteer
20mph is a life-saver
I despair at the negativity of some people. It’s as if they make objections purely on the grounds they enjoy it. The same people objecting to 20mph probably object to speeding traffic too. 20mph has been the norm in many continental towns and cities for many years.
It is a safety measure that ensures that anyone hit with a car has a better survival chance.
It also offers more time to escape from the path of oncoming vehicles.
Cameras have only been used and abused by local authorities to raise money unfairly. If a camera was behind one of these 20mph signs, there could be no complaints as the driver has been advised of his/her speed openly. They are a very sensible move and a life saver. For once, give the local authorities some credit for putting the community before money.
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Time for fixed terms?
Can the institution of marriage (till death do us part) survive modern day?
How about a more workable contract of, say, five years. Both parties agreeing terms and conditions. At the end of that period, a renewable contract, to be negotiated on possible changes, social or financial, for a further five years.
If this is not suitable to either partner, then amicable termination.
How many suffer a lifelong marriage because of religious convictions or economic issues?
Deport hate preachers
THE sickening murder of soldier Lee Rigby by two fanatical Islamists has brought into focus the unpalatable truth that Britain is a frontline target for terrorism. One knee-jerk reaction was an order from the MOD banning troops from wearing military uniform, a reaction quickly cancelled by the Prime Minister.
Why is this Government allowing “hate preachers” to preach their messages of hate to impressionable young men, who in this latest outrage, cruelly murdered a young British soldier? Let us not kid ourselves, while the majority of British Muslims do condemn this latest atrocity, there are many others that hate our way of life, our values and religion, and yet we allow these preachers of hate, and intolerance to continue. This Government must demonstrate the political will to deport those who rant and rave about this country which gives them shelter and sustenance.
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