It wasn’t all bad

The Week Middle East - - News -

A cloak­room at­ten­dant at a Lon­don con­cert hall had to stand in for a so­prano at the last minute – and won rave re­views. Milly For­rest, 23, who is about to start a mas­ter’s in singing, works part-time at the Wig­more Hall, man­ning the cloak­room and check­ing tick­ets. Last month, the venue asked her to stand in when singer Ruby Hughes fell ill. De­spite hav­ing just 36 hours to prac­tise her solo by Pur­cell, For­rest wowed the au­di­ence: The Guardian de­scribed her as “breath­tak­ing”. Con­ser­va­tion­ists have launched a cam­paign to save Lon­don’s “stretcher fences”, made from stretch­ers used to carry civil­ians during the Blitz. More than 600,000 metal stretch­ers were made to trans­port peo­ple in­jured in bomb­ing raids; after the War, they were re­cy­cled as fences on south Lon­don es­tates. But many have now fallen into dis­re­pair, and the Stretcher Rail­ing So­ci­ety is try­ing to raise both aware­ness and money to help pre­serve them. “It’s quite hard to think of phys­i­cal re­minders of the Sec­ond World War,” said con­ser­va­tion man­ager Rosie Shaw. “It’s ex­tra­or­di­nary that they are still there.” A man has do­nated a kid­ney to a teacher he hadn’t seen in five years. Ali Go­lian, 30, was in­spired to be­come a ra­di­ol­o­gist after work­ing with So­nia Leonardo, 42, at King’s College Hos­pi­tal in Lon­don. They had fallen out of touch, but Go­lian made con­tact with her when he read in a Face­book post that she had been sick. She told him that her kid­neys were fail­ing and that she was on a wait­ing list for a live donor – so he im­me­di­ately of­fered her one of his own. Fol­low­ing the trans­plant ear­lier this year, Leonardo has made a full re­cov­ery.

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