Teen’s tour hope rests on helper

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY ROSA DO­HERTY

is the qual­ity of the steam. The place has been scan­dalously un­der-main­tained for a long time. All it needs is to close for a few months so that it can be prop­erly cleaned, not re­de­vel­oped.”

Some reg­u­lars have com­plained about de­clin­ing stan­dards at the baths.

But Michael Chap­man Pincher, another reg­u­lar schmeiss­ing fan, has been go­ing to Porch­ester for more than 30 years, and says it is “a spe­cial place, where I have made such close friends and have got to know a lot about the Jewish way of life. It is a great melt­ing-pot of cul­ture”.

Bar­ris­ter Philip Sap­ford QC agreed. He has been a de­voted schmeisser since 1979.

West­min­ster is due to pub­lish its re­sponse to the con­sul­ta­tion process this month, but Matthew Nor­man vowed that “the fight is not over.

“No one wins from this; it is a dis­grace not to cher­ish some­thing unique”.

A MOTHER is ap­peal­ing for help to send her daugh­ter, who is in a wheel­chair, on Is­rael tour af­ter she was told she would not be able to travel with­out a sup­port worker.

Re­becca Clay­ton, 16, has a mus­cle -wast­ing dis­ease which af­fects her legs.

With four months un­til the trip, youth group RSY-Net­zer has not been able to find a sup­port worker to help her.

Re­becca’s mother, Adri­enne Clay­ton, a mem­ber of Bore­ham­wood and El­stree Sy­n­a­gogue, said no one suit­able had vol­un­teered for the role, leav­ing her fear­ing her daugh­ter will miss out on the op­por­tu­nity to go to Is­rael this sum­mer.

Mrs Clay­ton said: “Re­becca is des­per­ate to go on tour like all her other friends. She would be dev­as­tated if she was not able to. It is not that RSY are be­ing un­help­ful — they are ad­ver­tis­ing for the role.

“I can’t be­lieve there are not madrichim out there who not would want to do it.”

Sharon Daniels, RSY’s wel­fare of­fi­cer, said: “This is a fab­u­lous chance for a young adult to see Is­rael and sup­port Re­becca to have a once-in-a-life­time ex­pe­ri­ence. I look for­ward to hear­ing from in­ter­ested ap­pli­cants.”

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