Dodge, skip and jump to join in

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - BETH TWED­DLE Olympic gym­nast COUN­CIL­LOR RAY GRAHAM Uxbridge North Ward

I AM urg­ing schools to take part in a spon­sored Skipathon or game of Ul­ti­mate Dodge­ball in aid of the fight against heart dis­ease.

These events pro­mote the im­por­tance of main­tain­ing a healthy heart through reg­u­lar ex­er­cise whilst rais­ing funds for the BHF’s life­sav­ing work into the fight against heart dis­ease.

The scheme also al­lows schools and youth groups to keep 20% of the money they have raised, which they can put to­wards new equip­ment and re­sources to ben­e­fit their chil­dren.

Last year, BHF’s school events raised over an amaz­ing £711,221. This year, we want to top this to­tal and with your help we can.

Heart and cir­cu­la­tory con­di­tions are re­spon­si­ble for nearly 15,000 deaths in the East each year, that’s over 40 peo­ple ev­ery sin­gle day.

We are ask­ing peo­ple of the East to sign up to­day and help the BHF to con­tinue to save lives.

To find out more and to sign-up, visit main­land UK and sup­port Lon­don Mayor,

Boris John­son MP who wishes to be able to use them in ex­cep­tional cir­cum­stances as anti riot de­vices.

They have been used for this pur­pose in Belfast and Ger­many, etc. and, there­fore, why not in Lon­don?

Un­for­tu­nate in­juries tend to oc­cur on all sides when se­ri­ous ri­ots hap­pen; I do not re­call in­juries be­ing caused es­pe­cially by the in­ter­ven­tion in Belfast of these ma­chines.

All pos­si­ble means – within the law – should be used to bring or­der to our streets at times of se­vere un­law­ful ri­ot­ing!

The shock­ing ri­ot­ing that oc­curred in South Lon­don rel­a­tively re­cently (with­out go­ing into the com­plex sit­u­a­tion which sparked it) was taken by many as an ex­cuse to at­tack the po­lice, com­mit dam­age, loot­ing and ar­son on a large scale thereby ru­in­ing many busi­nesses and also the torch­ing of do­mes­tic ac­com­mo­da­tion!

What about the pro­tec­tion and help of in­no­cent cit­i­zens?

Per­sons who set out to riot and cause may­hem know what they are get­ting into and they should not be sur­prised if all avail­able means of pro­tect­ing the public at large are used against them.

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