Post letters: Fire watchers, tidy gardens, from mouths of children, Macmillan coffee morning and Bowel cancer walk

PUBLISHED: 12:30 25 August 2019

Scott Jones and Clare Papworth are Barking and Dagenham's fire watchers. Picture: JON KING

Scott Jones and Clare Papworth are Barking and Dagenham's fire watchers. Picture: JON KING


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

Applaud service of fire watchers

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

Two members of the London Fire Brigade, Dagenham, Clare Papworth and Scott Jones are giving wonderful service to the community by serving as 'fire watchers' for the local district.

This could be compared with the ARP (Air Raid Wardens) used during the war in watching for happenings related to bombing raids, such as fires starting.

Their service is most unusual, they are cycling about 20 miles a day to locate potential fire hazards, in the form of waste, and rubbish left around that can easily ignite.

They look for possible hazards that may restrict access to fire engines in the event of a fire and therefore are a means of preventing fires.

Also, they can advise the public on the installation of smoke alarms and any other information that will prevent fires in their district.

It is more than likely that the incidence of fires in their local district has been greatly reduced, at the same time contributing to an increase in physical fitness by the two members of the Fire Brigade.

All this is gained at a minimal cost of just two bicycles and muscle power by the 'watchers' bringing a reduction of call-outs by the Brigade, and saving of many thousands of pounds through fire damage and lives being lost.

They have said that their major aim is to save lives from fires and by preventing fires will satisfy their desire.

The support and actions of Dagenham Fire Brigade is a glaring example of the community help to prevent fires.

It seems that their motto is 'Prevention is better than cure', Well done all concerned. Your action is applauded.

Keep borough's gardens neat

Dr L Lynn Manning, Dagenham, full address supplied, writes:

Since the council intends making private landlords register to ensure the properties are habitable and safe should the owners not be responsible for upkeep of gardens and outside areas?

If the tenants are paying rent then the landlord should be keeping the gardens neat.

Adults can learn from children

Nabila, 14-years-old from Syria, writes:

I've been living in Za'atari refugee camp in Jordan for five years. I am courageous, and I want to make my dreams come true.

Life in Syria was scary. Before the crisis, we didn't live in fear. We used to go out and stay out late. When the war started, we had to hide and stay at home.

Children who have lived in war zones struggle a lot. Children who are exposed to violence usually give up on their dreams.

I have to be self-confident and to keep trying even If I might face some problems. I shouldn't give up. Whenever I start something, I must finish it.

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If I ever knock on someone's door I have to keep trying even if they shut the door the first time.

I wish for all children - whether Syrian or not - to have a place to stay and to have access to education because it is indispensable. I hope all children will reach their goals.

I'd like to become a doctor to help wounded people. I also wanted to become a lawyer to defend justice.

If leaders saw what my friends and I were doing to raise awareness, they would be positively influenced. Not only do children learn from adults, adults also learn from children.

I'm not scared because I'm self-confident. When something bad happens, I take action and keep going, I fix things and try to make them right.When we see something wrong, we have to stop it.

Countdown to coffee morning

Martin Clunes, actor, Macmillan Cancer supporter, writes:

I am thrilled that Macmillan Cancer Support's World's Biggest Coffee Morning event is fast approaching.

I love a cuppa as much as the next person, and it's great that you can help people with cancer at the same time, so I would love for readers in London to get involved.

Macmillan's Coffee Morning raises millions for the ever-growing number of people affected by cancer. Macmillan is not government funded, so without the public's generous help, they simply can't provide the services that are needed here in London.

Around 200,000 people every year take part in coffee mornings at their workplaces, schools and homes across the country.

It couldn't be simpler and more fun to take part - come together as a community in support of people living with cancer and raise money for Macmillan.

Macmillan is here to help everyone with cancer live life as fully as they can, providing physical, financial and emotional support. The charity provides advice and support seven days a week on their free support line as well as through their 7,700 healthcare professionals. But demand for Macmillan's services is constantly growing and it needs your help to support the growing number of people living with cancer across the UK.

Macmillan's Coffee Morning takes place on Friday, September 27 (but people can host whenever they want) and people will be making a difference however they get involved.

Whoever you invite and whatever you serve, you can host your coffee morning your way - if you can't bake, that doesn't have to stop you!

Homes, workplaces and communities from the Shetland Islands to Land's End will be hosting coffee mornings this year; readers in London can find events nearby using the interactive map on the Coffee Morning website (

- Do something amazing today sign up to host a World's Biggest Coffee Morning at

Support walk

Gaby Roslin, BBC broadcaster, Bowel Cancer UK supporter, writes:

As someone who loves to walk, I'm proud to support Bowel Cancer UK's Walk Together fundraiser. Every 15 minutes someone is diagnosed with bowel cancer. That's over 42,000 people every year, which includes my dad, who has thankfully now recovered from the disease.

You can join London's five mile walk on Saturday, September 14, take on a virtual walk at your own pace, or plan your own special Walk Together in your area.

Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK and the country's second biggest cancer killer.

- For more details -

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