Board-up houses ideal for home­less

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - PETE WIL­LIAMS York Av­enue Hayes KYM MARSH Actress

MY wife is in­ter­ested in find­ing out the his­tory of the large white house vis­i­ble from Hilling­don Road, be­hind the RAF Uxbridge build­ing site.

Our son came to visit on Satur­day and on the spur of the mo­ment had an idea, while we were shop­ping in Uxbridge, to see if we could reach it.

We never got to it, but what amazed us was the large num­ber of derelict, boarded-up houses to the back of the devel­op­ment that could have, with a lit­tle work, been used as tem­po­rary hous­ing for the home­less.

Ob­vi­ously, the con­di­tion of th­ese prop­er­ties is too far gone to be ren­o­vated now, but what a nice ges­ture it would have been by the de­vel­op­ers to have used th­ese dwellings for char­i­ta­ble pur­poses un­til their time came for de­mo­li­tion.

If the his­tory of ‘the white build­ing’ is known, please tell us. quit choco­late for the month of March as part of a new Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion (BHF) fundrais­ing cam­paign – DECHOXTM.

DECHOXTM is a spon­sored chal­lenge call­ing on all choco­late lovers in Lon­don to give up their favourite sweet treat for the month of March to help raise money for the BHF.

De­chox­ers are en­cour­aged to raise money through­out the month by ask­ing friends, fam­ily and col­leagues to spon­sor them to take on the chal­lenge. They can also do­nate the money they’ve saved from ditch­ing a cheeky choco­late bar at work or that naughty dessert af­ter a meal out.

I have been per­son­ally af­fected by the is­sues sur­round­ing heart dis­ease.

My fa­ther had both a car­diac ar­rest, at the age of 49, and a heart attack two years ago, when he was 67, while my son, David, con­tracted a heart in­fec­tion last year, de­spite hav­ing no known pre-ex­ist­ing heart con­di­tions..

That’s why I’m en­cour­ag­ing ev­ery­one in Lon­don to join me and take part and give up choco­late for the month of March to help raise money for life­sav­ing heart re­search.

It’s go­ing to be dif­fi­cult for peo­ple who love choco­late, like me, but we’ll all be in it to­gether and it’s for such a great cause.

Any­one can sign up to DECHOXTM for free at bhf.org.uk/ dechox. You can also take part on so­cial me­dia by us­ing #DECHOX and shar­ing your sto­ries.

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