Help Jenni in her marathon quest

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I will be running in this year’s Virgin London Marathon on Sunday, April 21 for The Children’s Trust, a national charity that provides specialist care for some of the UK’s most severely disabled children, and rehabilitation to children with an acquired brain injury.

I would like to extend a special invitation to runners, who have secured a place in the marathon but have yet to decide on a worthy cause to support, to join me and be part of the Trust’s team. Being part of a team offers a great way to enjoy the world famous running event, with lots of enthusiastic supporters cheering you along the route at four ‘cheering’ sites. There will be a warm welcome at the finish, with physiotherapists on hand to massage weary legs. You will also be able to relax at a nearby venue with your family and friends, and enjoy food and refreshments.

For further information please visit: www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk/londonmarathon, or telephone: 01737 365018.

Jenni Falconer

television presenter

Archbishop right to take stance

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has warned changes to the benefit system could drive children and families into poverty.

He said society had a duty to support the vulnerable and in need. I agree. The Department for Work and Pensions said changing the system will help get people into work and out of poverty. What a load of rubbish. Politicians have a clear choice. By protecting children from the effects of this bill, they can help fulfil their commitment to end child poverty.

When times are hard, that duty should be felt more than ever, not disappear or diminish. I would say that planned benefit changes, which would cap rises in welfare payments for the next three years, would exact a large price on families. I admire this man for saying what needs to be said. Well done Mr Welby.

Children should never, ever be a casualty in a failed system involving current Government politicians, industrialists, bankers and security forces. The whole point of Christianity is equality and compassion something Cameron seems incapable of recognising.

Coun Salim Mulla, Lancashire Council of Mosques

Crack down on the litter louts

SADLY we will never overcome the problem of litter louts.

In every community in Britain the young people of today are too lazy to walk five metres to a waste bin to dispose of there litter instead they leave it on buses or in bus shelters.

I was recently travelling to Preston on a train from Carlisle and as the train passed the Rylands estate in Lancaster there were more than 50 bags of rubbish strewn on the railway embankment. And as for flotsam and jetsam that comes ashore on the tides, well it would be nice if once a year our councils would use Community Payback offenders to clean up our shoreline.

Geodor, via website