Sign up to volunteer

THE Children’s Trust is celebrating Volunteers’ Week (June 1-7) by saying thank you and acknowledging the fantastic work of the 520 people throughout the UK who have selflessly given up an amazing 120,763 hours this past year for the charity.

They have helped in so many different ways, from giving support during children’s therapy sessions, helping organise fund-raising events throughout the country, driving, volunteering in our charity shops, and admin duties.

Our volunteers not only help practically but are an essential part of raising awareness of the amazing work done by The Children’s Trust.

Within the last year there has been an increase of 18, 462 volunteer hours from the previous year.

The Trust is a national charity providing care and therapy for severely disabled children from all over the UK, as well as a rehabilitation service for children with an acquired brain injury.

We are always keen to hear from anyone interested in volunteering. If you would like to find out how you can get involved, please visit

Rachel Turner

Voluntary Services Manager

Block child porn sites

Calls for online child porn sites to be blocked are long overdue and every pressure must be applied to Google and Microsoft until this happens.

But meanwhile I believe there is also a need for the sentencing of those who access such disgusting images to be tightened up. Currently many of those caught having downloaded this filth do not even go to jail.

I totally understand the rationale behind sending them on intensive sex rehabilitation courses, including the well-respected “Northumbria” course, as this can address the underlying problem and so protect the community.

But those for whom only prison is appropriate receive sentences frequently marked in months rather than years thanks to sentencing guidelines handed down to judges to follow.

This is no deterrent at all. Paedophiles, particularly those distributing images to other perverts, need to know that such behaviour will land them behind bars for a very long time for they are attacking the fabric of society.

We have a duty to protect our children and every obscene image means that a child somewhere in the world has been abused to meet the demand of deviants and their life scarred forever. It is appalling and must be stopped.

Paul Nuttall

UKIP North West MEP

Throw bill out

It has hopefully come as a great surprise to David Cameron to learn that his Same Sex Marriage Bill is now been opposed by not only Christians, but no less than 63 different faith communities throughout the UK. They have all recognised that his attempts to redefine the centuries old institution of marriage between a man and a woman has been hastily driven through Parliament, which will provoke serious and harmful consequences since many of the legal ambiguities clarified over the centuries have now been totally ignored and remain unaddressed.

But it will provide an expensive income, producing happy hunting ground for our future lawyers.

An independent research report, prepared by Dr Patricia Morgan, examines the effects that such legislation has had upon other countries which

have already embraced such laws.

It is extremely worrying.

The net effect is that marriage generally has significantly declined, children have suffered and society and family in general have been adversely affected in these countries.

Our legislators have preferred to listen to the myths circulating the Westminster village instead of inconvenient realities.

E J Tilley