Readers' letters - May 11

Caring for guide dogs
The Guide Dogs charity is looking for committed volunteers to look after dogs which are being trained. See letterThe Guide Dogs charity is looking for committed volunteers to look after dogs which are being trained. See letter
The Guide Dogs charity is looking for committed volunteers to look after dogs which are being trained. See letter

Guide Dogs are looking for committed volunteers to give temporary homes on evenings/weekends for up to 26 weeks for dogs undergoing training with the Manchester Mobility Team based at Atherton.

This is a fantastic opportunity to have the benefits of caring for a dog without the full-time responsibility. It is very rewarding to be involved in the upbringing of a guide dog, which will one day provide freedom and independence to a blind or partially sighted person.

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Boarders need to be willing to drop the dog off in a vehicle at the Atherton Training School between 7.30am and 9am and collect the dog again early evening at an agreed time. The need for accommodation and care for dogs is needed full time, therefore overnight throughout the week, and at the weekend. Holidays and short breaks can be accommodated.

Guide Dogs supply basic equipment and cover all veterinary and feeding expenses. Training and consistent support is provided by a friendly team of specialist Guide Dogs staff. We would especially be interested to hear from volunteers who are available over the summer months. This role is subject to suitable references and a home visit. To apply or for more information contact Janet Harper, volunteering consultant. Email [email protected]

Call 01189 838 715 or visit Please quote Manchester Mobility Team when enquiring.

Janet Harper

Volunteering Consultant


Go on run for heart cause

I am writing to invite your readers to sign up to be a British Heart Foundation (BHF) Heart Runner and help fight back against heart and circulatory disease.

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I signed up to become a Heart Runner last year. I have a history of heart conditions in my family. My grandmother died from a ruptured aorta, my uncle had a double heart bypass surgery, and my dad was diagnosed with a weak heart muscle in 2006.

My dad and uncle are just two out of seven million people living with heart and circulatory disease in the UK today. In Manchester, there are an estimated 49,000 people living with heart and circulatory disease and it is responsible for nearly 1,000 deaths each year. But the BHF is fighting back.

I was so proud to run the London Marathon in 2015 to help the BHF push the fight against heart disease onwards.

Alongside thousands of amazing Heart Runners, who either ran for the BHF or took part in a BHF running event, we helped raise around £3.5m for the BHF’s vital research into heart and circulatory disease. The BHF has a wide range of events for you to choose from, whether it’s a 5k, 10k, half marathon or marathon, so you can easily find a challenge to suit you. By becoming a Heart Runner, you can feel proud to know that with every mile you run, you are helping fund the BHF’s life saving research. To find your perfect running challenge and run for research this year, visit or call the events team on 0845 130 8663.

Oliver Proudlock

BHF Supporter


No need to be so negative

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Negative predictions and blatant scaremongering by pundits and so-called experts continue to try and persuade us to remain in the European Union. Where did we hear such predictions before?

Leicester City FC?

Mike Dodgson via email