YEP Letters: September 7

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Jonny’s ‘superb’ triathon success

Mrs Elizabeth Stephens, Leeds 13

Footballers play one match with a 15 minute ‘rest break’ and goals are celebrated and shown over and over.

Jonathan Brownlee swims (in choppy water, not a bathing pool), does an everlasting cycle ride and then a marathon run, all on the trot. Triathlon is an extreme sports test.

On BBC Red Button on the Sunday and not a mention of his magnificent achievement on any channel on Monday.

How grossly unfair. Jonny, you were superb.

Hero bus driver comes to rescue of schoolgirl

A bus driver has been hailed a hero after coming to the rescue of a distressed girl late for her first day at high school. The driver of the number 16 First Bus is said to have halted his journey this morning to call and pay for a taxi for the girl after it emerged she had been waiting for her bus at the wrong side of the road. A post on Facebook by one of the passengers on the bus – Lynsey Jayes – about the driver’s kind-hearted actions has been going viral as it touched the hearts of people across the city. Within three hours on Tuesday morning it had already been liked 1400 times and shared 450 times. The driver – who does not want to be identified – said he just did what he thought was right and was stunned by the reaction online. Here’s what YEP readers had to say about his kind-hearted action on social media..

Judy Mulherin

Well done, first day at high school is exciting, also daunting, making a good impression arriving on time, this bus driver deserves a huge thanks for his kindness and thoughtfulness in helping a young girl. Hope all goes well for her now.

Tricia Price

She will never forget that kindness, as it’s a landmark day in a child’s life starting high school. Thank you for making sure it turned out good for her.

Karen Orrah

Good to know bus drivers get recognised for the good things they do instead of being slated. Well done driver.

Peter Buchan

Nice to see stories like this. More please! Know we love a good moan but let’s keep this little oasis of good news cheerful eh?

Graham Simpson

What a kind thing to do. The bus driver is a hero for helping that child to get to school on time. What I kind act and he has a massive heart. Respect.

Anne Cockrem

Well done, driver, you have restored my faith in human nature.

Kim Lenk

Well done to him nice to see there are still some good humans left in this world we live in.

Christian Hobson

It’s about time positive light was thrown on bus drivers. I’m tired of hearing negative comments.

Steve Rigby

First Bus Group, buy this driver a large bottle, a case of beer and a bonus. Restores faith in human society. Well done.

Kim Procter

What a lovely thing to do. How worried must that girl have been bless her. Wonderful act of kindness.

Tony Oconnor

My daughter starts high school next year. It’s good to know there are good folk like him keeping an eye on our kids and helping them above and beyond.

Raising epilepsy awareness

John Appleyard, Liversedge

I listened recently to a radio phone in where a woman called to say that many years ago she was refused entrance to a grammar school because she was epileptic.

Under the Matrimony Act of 1937 a person could not marry if they suffered with epilepsy because they were not deemed to be of sound mind. Both cases highlight the discrimination that existed against those with epilepsy.

Over 40 years ago I worked with a woman who had epileptic fits and it was not a pretty sight to witness one. There is no cure and in some cases medication is not effective. In the UK 1,000 people a year die from epilepsy related causes, many are young and in the prime of their lives.

To understand epilepsy I would like to recommend to your readers a book I borrowed from my local library, A Smell of Burning, a memoir of epilepsy written by Colin Grant whose teenage brother Christopher was diagnosed with epilepsy.

Many famous people were epileptic Julius Caesar, Joan of Arc, Edward Lear, Van Gogh, Lenin, Neil Young and many more and Colin pays tribute to the pioneering doctors who helped give an understanding of how the brain works, and, through the tragic tale of his brother, he considers the effect of epilepsy on his own life.

Cyclists also pay their taxes

Tony Winstanley, Castleford

Here we go again. Commenting on the construction of a cycleway between Castleford and Wakefield, YEP reader Stephen Morten mentions car drivers paying road tax and even if they don’t, then what do cyclists pay? Motorists pay fuel emission taxes. Cycles do not create fuel emissions. What cyclists do pay are all other taxes such as PAYE, VAT, tobacco, if they purchase it, and alcohol etc.

Road repairs are paid for out of all general taxation and therefore are paid by every citizen in one way or another.

Also, the funds provided from the government for the building of cycleways are for that purpose only.

Finally I would like to add that I do not own a bicycle or a motor vehicle. I use public transport.

Cuppa and cake for Macmillan

Rebecca Wynne, Head of Regional Fundraising, Macmillan Cancer Support

Macmillan Cancer Support’s flagship fundraiser, World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, takes place on Friday September 29 and every slice of cake eaten and cup of coffee poured in Yorkshire has the power to help change lives for people living with cancer.

The charity is asking everyone to take part, either by hosting a coffee morning or by attending one. Last year, 7,863 coffee mornings were held across Yorkshire, raising £1,842,601 for the charity that provides essential support for people affected by cancer.

2017 is the 27th year of the event and with the help of fundraisers in Yorkshire, Macmillan hopes to beat the £29.5m raised last year across the UK.

This is the year that the total raised by Coffee Morning since it began will pass the £200 million mark, so we really do need everyone’s help.

For more information on Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning or to get involved at home or at work, visit

Accept defeat gracefully

A Hague, Leeds 9

We voted to come out of the EU and we are doing so.

Another letter claimed we were told lies. Yes, both sides were involved, but we need to read between the lines. How can we decide we were wrong when we are not even out yet? It’s the same moaners who won’t accept defeat gracefully. When we have elections we accept the result and get on with it and a referendum is just as democratic.