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Post letters: Prince William visit, MMR and have a garden party

PUBLISHED: 08:30 12 May 2019

Barking Town Hall. Picture: KEN MEARS

Barking Town Hall. Picture: KEN MEARS

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

Unexpected visit by Prince William

Dr Leonard Restall, New Zealand, formerly from Barking, writes:

Who is the last person you expect to see after having come out of a shower in hospital?

Well for me in New Zealand it was Prince William who was on a visit to Christchurch to see some of the survivors of the mass shooting.

The prince was walking down the aisle when he spotted me and asked what I was in there for, I said I had just had a hip replacement, to which he replied that I was looking fine and well.

I said that it was because of the fine treatment and care from the fine group of nurses!

He saw the point very quickly and said that it may have been the pretty group of nurses that were surrounding me.

I went to say that I remember being on the carpet guard of honor at Royal Tournament in 1947 for his grandmother, the present Queen.

The Royal group included King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, and the princesses, Elizabeth and Margaret.

Prince William listened intently and he wished me well for my healing, to the surprise of the hospital staff, and warmly shook my hand.

All the hospital staff were excited during the visit.

MMR figures are of great concern

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Unmesh Desai, London Assembly member, City & East, writes:

It is very concerning that Barking and Dagenham is falling short of the national average and the target set by the World Health Organisation for MMR vaccination coverage (Barking and Dagenham's take up was 85.1 per cent) between 2017-2018).

Amongst other factors, this is sadly a symptom of the spread of misinformation that surrounds the vaccine.

Whilst the current pressures on their budgets need to be acknowledged, it is vital that Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and local authorities work to prioritise educational campaigns around the importance of immunisation.

Londoners who missed their vaccine at an earlier age are at risk of developing a life-threatening illness.

So it is important that they contact their GP as soon as possible to receive a catch-up injection.

Get in the garden in aid of a charity

Sian Lloyd, TV Broadcaster and Parkinson's UK supporter, writes:

Whatever the weather and wherever you are, why not gather with friends and family this summer and help raise vital funds that will help cure and support everyone affected by Parkinson's.

I'm proud to be supporting charity Parkinson's UK's Garden Gathering fundraiser, and we're calling on people to celebrate the summer their way - whether it's with tea and cake, or cocktails and a BBQ.

By holding your own Garden Gathering, you'll be raising money that could help end Parkinson's forever.

Parkinson's is a serious neurological condition and I've seen first-hand the impact it has on people.

My mum was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2010 and it's hugely debilitating.

But Parkinson's UK's research provides hope that one day there

will be a cure, and the charity believes that scientists could now be on the verge of a major breakthrough.

Organising a Garden Gathering is easy, so please sign up for your free fundraising pack and you'll be making a huge difference to the 13,700 people living with Parkinson's in the east of England.

To start planning your fun-filled summer fundraiser please visit: parkinsons.org.uk/gardengathering

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