Harefield Gazette - - YOUR SAY -

Ev­ery week BAR­BARA FISHER looks at is­sues that af­fect us all – the is­sues that get you talk­ing. You can join in by email­ing bmail­bar­

SET­TLING down at my lap­top, I can hear my mother’s voice: “Bar­bara, what are you do­ing in­doors on a lovely day like this?”

She’d have been proud of me last week­end, though, as Mr F and I met FJ* in 250 acres of parkland. Since our daugh­ter moved back to North Wales, Birm­ing­ham has again be­come our half-way point to meet up, and Cannon Hill Park is where my par­ents took me, and my three-wheeler bike, af­ter they picked me up from Sun­day school.

On one of those days, when I was seven years old, they told me that I was go­ing into hos­pi­tal the next day to have my ton­sils out. Were they right to with­hold this in­for­ma­tion to the very last minute? You bet your life they were, as I had very lit­tle time to worry about it.

We do tend to over­share these days, don’t we? Olympic gold medal win­ner Dame Kelly Holmes re­vealed last week that she used to cut her­self with scis­sors on a daily ba­sis. A suc­cess­ful, bub­bly ath­lete, she has al­ways been a bril­liant ex­am­ple of per­se­ver­ance, com­bined with an at­trac­tive mod­esty.

OK, we can still ap­plaud her for re­veal­ing she was only hu­man, got de­pressed, etc. But why is that no one can be a pub­lic fig­ure (worse… a ‘celebrity’), these days with­out telling us about some se­ri­ous dys­func­tion along the way, as if it’s a qual­i­fi­ca­tion?

Some­one who re­ally has had a hard time, but who only stressed the pos­i­tives at the Uxbridge Col­lege An­nual Awards, was for­mer event rider Claire Lo­mas.

Com­pet­ing at the high­est level, be­fore be­ing paral­ysed from the waist down in 2006 fol­low­ing a rid­ing ac­ci­dent, Claire was the first para­plegic in the UK to use a Re­walk suit. Her courage, de­ter­mi­na­tion, and sense of hu­mour shone through, par­tic­u­larly when we heard that she walked the Lon­don Marathon: 26 miles on her ro­botic legs. It took 17 days and earned her the ti­tle of Bionic Woman.

HE­ROES can also be closer to home, such as a Po­lice Com­mu­nity Sup­port Of­fi­cer (PCSO) who earned re­spect in Hayes, by lis­ten­ing and get­ting things done.

Af­ter hear­ing from the chair­man of Hayes Town Part­ner­ship, David Brough, that Helen Mo­ra­han has just left af­ter nine years, to re­turn to nurs­ing, she gets my (be­lated) award for good ser­vice.

The wooden spoon this week goes to Brexit, be­cause I’m sick of hear­ing about it. Do send me your nom­i­na­tions. *FJ=Fisher Ju­nior


Claire Lo­mas with her MBE, in Fe­bru­ary

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