YEP Letters: December 28

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Grandparents deserve best possible honour

David C Cousins, manager, Grandparents Plus,Leeds

Grandparents Plus champion the wider family who care for children and we support grandparents who are denied contact with their grandchildren for all sorts of reasons. We never judge, we stand alongside those who need our support.

Christmas is meant to be a beautiful time to exercise our gift of forgiveness and love. Its not everyone’s cup of tea, but I love it. At Grandparents Plus (we were known before our merge as Grandparents Association) we pride ourselves in supporting families all year round and to do this we received a fantastic grant from the Big Lottery which is coming to an end next year. We hope to continue and serve the grandparenting community. Why? Because they do sterling work as full time carers or day carers and even those who are denied contact find a way to support others.

I believe Leeds grandparents (well all grandparents everywhere) deserve the best possible honour from their families and their communities and the officials that may be supporting them.This year, as the past nine years, we have enabled hundreds of families to celebrate Christmas that wee bit easier with the help of good sharers. Thank you so much to ‘Cash for Kids’ Radio Aire Appeal and Barnardos (Leeds) plus other kind givers including Nigel Bowman solicitor from Ison Harrison who just turned up and donated boxes of chocolates for families. Thanks also to volunteers of whom our project would be lost. Over a thousand volunteer hours donated to operate our information and support line.

Once again I’d like to thank everyone who has contributed to liberating grandparents who have felt unable to move on with their lives. The grandparents we support are grateful and do appreciate all your support, so well done to all.


Road stretch is death trap

John Noton, Harrogate

DRIVING down the M1 this week between Leeds and Wakefield, I was initially pleased to find the roadworks completed and the road clear – until I realised the hard shoulder has been turned into the first lane of the newly widened road. So now there is nowhere for a broken down vehicle to go.

The driver has to sit tight and pray he is not rammed by the articulated lorries thundering down behind him. And if he tries to get out, perhaps to help free a child or elderly passenger, he has to step on to the carriageway and risk being hit by a vehicle travelling at 60mph.

So we now have a five mile stretch of motorway which is a death trap, with, no doubt, more to follow.

This wholly irresponsible policy will inevitably lead to tragedy.

What about all for one?

David Collins, Scissett.

IT struck me that we have had a Northern powerhouse before.

In 1070 following the harrying of the North, King William installed his vassal lords to take over the best bits of the North and leave the rest as waste.

They then paid homage to the King by passing most of the wealth of the north to the King down south. They used the best horses and oxen to move it south as fast as possible.

We now have King George (of the Osborne) doing exactly the same. He is offering power to local vassals, but only if they obey his rules (elected Mayors).

Despite the fact that these rules have been constitutionally rejected, he will still hold the purse strings and woe betide you if you step out of line.

He is also keen on HS2 to get hold of his vassals and the money as quickly as possible.

You may say that we will have a constitutional say in this. Then we look at 1215 the Magna Carta, this was signed by King John but later watered down to a very large extent by subsequent monarchs to such an extent that it was not until the 19th century that the freedoms people thought it embodied actually started to come about.

Do you live in a powerhouse or the waste? What about one for all and all for one?

Thanks for kindness

Mrs K Thompson, Bramley

May I through the YEP send thanks to the people who helped me when I fell and banged my head at the bus statop at York Street outside the bingo hall.

The two men who picked me up and phoned for an ambulance, the bus driver who kep me awake by talking to me, a young boy who offered his coat for me to cushion my head, the lady ambulance driver who took me to the LGI so quickly. Everyone so kind.

I send my sincere thanks to you all. I am now making a good recovery.

Flood cash is a pittance

Mavis Harrison, Leeds

I really can’t see that a letter of sympathy from the Queen and a visit from David Cameron will be of much help to the people devastated by flooding and the £5,000 dished out to each household is a pittance!

Foreign aid seems to be a high priority with the government (present and past) but they don’t dig deep enough for their own.

The Queen forked out millions to save Windsor Castle so her pockets must be deep!