Recorder letters: Thanks to rescuers at station, Brexit, new school and Alzheimer's thanks

PUBLISHED: 12:30 14 July 2019

Dave Tanner fell off his bicycle and was helped near Chadwell Heath station. Picture: KEN MEARS

Dave Tanner fell off his bicycle and was helped near Chadwell Heath station. Picture: KEN MEARS


Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Post readers this week.

Thanks for your help

Dave Tanner, Dagenham East, writes:

Through your pages, I would like to say thank you to the two guys who picked me up and helped after I fell off my bicycle near Chadwell Heath Station on Tuesday, June 25 at about 7.30 pm.

It was entirely my fault and luckily no one else was involved. I was knocked out, but they looked after me and helped my wife load my (undamaged) bike in her car.

With their help an ambulance was called and off I went to hospital. Thankfully after treatment I was sent home with a very swollen face and some nasty bruises. I realise it could have been much worse and two weeks later am almost healed.

Once again thanks to the two guys and also the ambulance crew from Whipps Cross for helping me that night.

Brexit must be delivered

Tamkeen Shaikh, chairman of Barking Conservative Association, writes:

A meeting about the people's vote called People's Voice was held in Barking on July 1.

It was chaired by Margaret Hodge MP, who voted to Remain in the EU. She clearly said that she would accept to Leave only after residents were given a chance to vote again and they still voted Leave. This is not a fair representation when 62.4 per cent voted Leave in Barking and Dagenham. It would be undermining democracy. The residents of Barking are not being truly represented in the parliament. With Margaret Hodge MP abstaining from voting on revoking Article 50 and then voting in favour of a second referendum. We need a MP that puts the residents who voted for her first and then herself.

This meeting, it seemed to me, was a campaign for a second referendum. We need to leave the party politics behind and deliver on what the residents have voted for.

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Attitude is key to schooling

Dr Leonard Restall, B Ed, M Ed (Hons), New Zealand, formerly from Barking, writes:

The opinion expressed in last week's Post by Kidscape CEO Lauren Seager (Pressure of school change) about children progressing from primary to secondary school is an important topic.

It can be quite traumatic but there are ways and means to relieve this pressure for the benefit of the children and the parents.

Pressure in such a situation is usually created by the attitude that is held either by the child or the parents. Sometimes it maybe by both.

Attitudes develop in the mind over a long period or in the case of a young child, a period that seems long to them. They are formed from background experiences, parental attitudes, social class, and religious practices, to name just a few strong influencing factors. Therefore, if we can change the attitude, we can change the situation or in this case relieve the pressure. But how? one may ask.

By watching our speech and avoiding negative statements, we can help children speak differently.Another good organisational and administrative way is to combine primary, intermediate, and secondary schools on the same campus or geographic area with each section having its own principal. This is seen to be operating in a number of places. I taught in a comprehensive school in Plymstock with this sort of organisation. The pressure did not seem to be a problem because the pupils could see where, and what was going to happen when they reached the required age or education level.

You can change the situation by changing the attitude.

Thanks for supporting us

Rebecca Greenbank, Alzheimer's Society community fundraiser, writes:

On behalf of Alzheimer's Society I would like to say a huge and heartfelt thank you to your readers for uniting against dementia and taking part in Cupcake Day 2019.

In just the time it takes to bake a batch of cupcakes, six people will develop dementia in the UK. Across London almost 72,000 people are living with dementia and 850,000 are affected UK -wide.

Alzheimer's Society is investing in, and accelerating, dementia research and has committed to spending at least £150m in the next decade. Every Cupcake Day event held helps Alzheimer's Society find a cure, improve care and offer support, help and understanding for people affected.

For people wanting to get involved in fundraising Alzheimer's Society's Memory Walk takes place in September at Clapham Common and Queen Elizabeth's Park.

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