Sir Jimmy's cash will help fix it for us all

Does Sir Jimmy Savile ever stop? At 84, he surely could be forgiven for deciding he had done enough.

One of the country's most recognisable personalities, Jimmy is a man who put his money where his mouth is, carrying out a huge amount of charity work down the years.

By his own estimation, he has helped generate an astonishing 40m for a host of good causes.

Now he has pledged to continue funding the research programme at Leeds University's school of medicine, at a personal cost of around 500,000 over the next five years.

This scheme is all about creating the pioneers of the future.

It sees the brightest medical students carry out work to help build a greater understanding of a wide variety of conditions, an insight from which we and future generations may benefit.

It is hoped the work that Jimmy's money is funding will go on to save lives and come up with cures that might otherwise be beyond our reach.

Without the support of philanthropists like him, such research just wouldn't be possible.

A Freeman of the Borough of Scarborough, Jimmy has never been afforded that honour in his home city of Leeds.

Surely now is the time to finally put that right in recognition of his ceaseless support for good causes.

And there's Jimi too

STAYING with those who use their own good fortune as a means to help others, we are delighted Jimi Heselden is to receive civic recognition.

The Leeds tycoon with a heart of gold gave away millions to a string of charities before his death in September following a tragic accident near his home.

Now it has been announced he will receive the highest honour in his home city as he is awarded the Freedom of Leeds.

It is worthy recognition for someone who always remembered his humble roots, even as he amassed a fortune running into several millions.

The award marks the first time in the city that the award has been made posthumously.

We can think of no better individual to break with tradition for.

Selling our city

COMMON sense suggests Leeds will be far more effective at promoting itself to businesses and visitors if it does so in a coherent, joined-up way.

So combining the half-a-dozen or so organisations that currently perform that role as part of a new public-private company is a logical step.

It should provide a sharper focus to efforts to market the city and ensure that the money spent doing so is better targeted.

Also, by removing duplication of functions it will help bring down expenditure.

Now more than ever, every penny that goes toward selling Leeds must bring a tangible return on its investment.

Sarah Champion MP

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