Aldershot News & Mail : 2020-08-19

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12 surreylive.news NEWS & MAIL WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 19, 2020 YOUR VIEWS Letters Thanks to Chris Marney who took this lovely shot of ducklings at Edenbrook Country Park in Fleet and posted it on the Get Hampshire Flickr group with the title ‘Drinking in the Morning Sun’ Helping older people get back to the high street for business. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. “Having written about the situation denying curative surgery to cancer patients just three months ago, I find myself sitting here saying, ‘I told you so’.” COMMUNITY transport services commission­ed by Hampshire County Council are now beginning to operate again as the Government lifts more travel restrictio­ns for residents following the coronaviru­s outbreak. The first services to resume have been the Dial-a-Ride, Call and Go and Shopper services, which operate across Hampshire. We’ve worked carefully with the community transport operators to put in place measures to reassure passengers, and make sure they know what to expect when they use the service and start to go out and about a bit more as travel restrictio­ns are lifted. This reassuranc­e is particular­ly important for the older and more vulnerable people in our communitie­s who are regular passengers on these community transport services. The operators have been in touch with their regular passengers to make them aware that there will be social distancing measures in place on the vehicles and that they will be expected to wear a face covering. They will also be able to pay their fares using contactles­s payments on most services. It all helps to encourage people back to the high street safely. Dial-a-Ride, Call and Go and Shopper services operate across Hampshire in each district council area. They provide a bookable door-todoor accessible transport service which is primarily aimed at people with mobility or sensory impairment­s who are unable to use or access public bus services. They enable their users to access key services like retail. These transport services are jointly funded by Hampshire County Council and local councils, mainly district councils. For more details, please visit https://www.hants.gov.uk/transport. It all helps to encourage people back to the high street safely Gary Ramsden via email Cllr Rob Humby Time to draw on young people’s love of birds LOVE birds? Love drawing? The British Trust for Ornitholog­y’s summer project gives families a great reason to watch garden birds together, and the chance to win a pair of compact binoculars for the best garden bird drawing! Garden BirdWatch is a scientific project that monitors birds in gardens, but it’s also a great activity for families to do together. The project involves watching, counting, drawing and writing, and is open to children aged 5 to 11. BTO’s Garden BirdWatch is a weekly wildlife survey which has been running for 25 years, with 20,000 active members. Through the survey, BTO scientists have been able to see the changing fortunes of garden wildlife, helping to understand how gardens can be made friendlier and more beneficial for wildlife. Through this project families can learn to identify garden birds, and will notice the patterns in their gardens, such as which birds feed in groups or on their own or what food they prefer to eat, and will report all of this informatio­n back to BTO. At the end of the summer BTO are asking children to take a look back at their counts, and to draw a picture and write a sentence about the bird they have seen most often. The best pictures will be shared on the Garden BirdWatch website, and the very best will win a prize of a pair of compact Opticron Savanna binoculars, with ten runners-up receiving a Gardman Paint Your Own feeder to hang in the garden. We are excited to share BTO Garden BirdWatch with families and can’t wait to see the informatio­n Lockdown killed large numbers of people PHOTO THE British Lockdown Scandal has killed many thousands of people but the extent of the disaster is buried beneath thousands of falsely attributed Covid-19 deaths. Every excess death not attributed to Covid-19 leads closer to the conclusion that coronaviru­s is less lethal than we have been led to believe and lockdown kills. The routine over diagnosis of Covid-19 deaths in hospitals is evident in Public Health England’s report, “Excess Mortality in England, week ending 03 July 20 20.” and acknowledg­ed by a member of the House of Lords. The cabinet was aware of the dire consequenc­es of the lockdown policy as early as April 12 but made the political calculatio­n that more people would die from the coronaviru­s pandemic than the lockdown. The Imperial College report that led to the government­s convulsive lurch into lockdown acknowledg­ed as much even while recommendi­ng suppressio­n and lockdown as the most appropriat­e course of action. Medical authoritie­s have raised the alarm throughout the scandal by pointing to the collapse in figures for attendance­s to GP doctors surgeries and Accident and Emergency units. Another explanatio­n for the level of non-covid excess deaths is the NHS was closed for anything other than coronaviru­s business. On June 26, a GP from north London wrote, “The NHS is closed of the week and the drawings submitted to us. By showing how important and exciting our garden wildlife is, we hope that their fascinatio­n will carry on into adulthood, fostering an interest in nature and the importance of environmen­tal science. For more details, visit https:// www.bto.org/garden-birdwatchd­rawing-competitio­n Before Covid-19, many patients told Macmillan being diagnosed with cancer and going through treatment was the scariest thing that they could imagine. These anxieties and concerns have not gone away during the pandemic – they’ve been made worse - meaning Macmillan needs support from people in Surrey more than ever to provide the vital support people living with cancer rely on. Macmillan is doing everything we can to offer medical, emotional and financial support to people living with cancer and our work is almost entirely funded by donations. Every penny raised by Coffee Morning helps Macmillan to provide this support, which is needed now more than ever before. Readers can sign up now by visiting macmillan.org.uk/coffee or by searching for Macmillan Coffee Morning. For support, informatio­n, or just a chat, you can call Macmillan free on 0808 8080000 or visit macmillan.org. uk. Debbie Lee British Trust for Ornitholog­y Mug up for Macmillan coffee morning I AM writing to ask your readers to raise a mug for Macmillan Cancer Support’s 30th annual Coffee Morning so we can provide vital support to people with cancer, who need it now more than ever. This year’s Macmillan Coffee Morning will be on Friday, September 25, but we are encouragin­g people to get involved whenever and wherever they can by hosting a virtual or socially distanced event. Nothing stops a Macmillan Coffee Morning! Councillor Rob Humby Hampshire County Council’s executive member for transport Sarah Coxhill Macmillan Cancer Support PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­r.com +1 604 278 4604 . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . 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