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This Septem­ber is ‘Women and Heart Dis­ease Aware­ness Month’ at the Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion (BHF) and I’m writ­ing to ask your read­ers to help fund vi­tal re­search into heart dis­ease by­tak­ing part in our ‘Bag It, Beat It’ cam­paign.

Around 28,000 women die from a heart at­tack each year in the UK – that’s three ev­ery hour. But sur­veys have shown that women are less likely than men to recog­nise thesymp­tom­so­fa­heartat­tack and seek help.

I’ve do­nated to my lo­cal shop and I’d en­cour­age all your read­ers to get in­volved this Septem­ber and do the same. Sim­ply­fil­l­abag­with­un­wanted clothes, shoes, books, hand­bags, DVDs, CDs, brica-brac and chil­dren’s toys, to ‘Bag It, Beat It’. All do­na­tions will help the BHF to fund life­sav­ing heart re­search.

It is a sad re­al­ity that coro­nary­heart­dis­ea­seis­thesin­gle big­gest killer in the UK, caus­ing the deaths of over 5,470 peo­ple in the East Mid­lands each year, over 2,190 of which are women, but with the con­tin­ued sup­port of the lo­cal com­mu­nity the BHF can fight harder to re­duce this fig­ure.

For mor­e­in­for­ma­tion and tofind­y­our­localBHFshopvisit or to bookafreecol­lec­tion­call0808 2500024. It’s a won­der­ful way to de­clut­ter and save lives!

Dame Es­ther Rantzen both dur­ing and af­ter the ref­er­en­dum cam­paign, we are about as un­clear now as we were back then on what di­rec­tion this coun­try will take whenAr­ti­cle50get­strig­gered. I hope it does not sound too con­tra­dic­tory when I say that the only thing that is clear is the un­cer­tainty. There is also asense­of­frus­tra­tiona­mongst both sides of vot­ers dur­ing this cam­paign over whom to blame when some­thing goes wrong.

It is not just our West­min­ster gov­ern­ment that are go­ing to have to deal with the un­cer­tain­ties, but also city coun­cils like ours here in Pe- ter­bor­ough. The prom­ise of an es­tab­lished univer­sity, for ex­am­ple, could well be put on hold or even dropped com­pletely. This will not just be due to the po­ten­tial lack of fund­ing from the Euras­mus Plus scheme, but also a lack of integration of the skills and in­dus­try that can be of a great sig­nif­i­cance to any com­mu­nity that we have in the past gained from the sin­gle mar­ket and the EU mem­ber­ship. Tory aus­ter­ity and in­creas­ing tu­ition fees have also con­trib­uted to a drop in the num­ber of home stu­dents go­ing to univer­sity in the UK and has thus de­creased the like­li­hood of this be­com­ing a suc­cess in Peter­bor­ough. As the largest set­tle­ment in the coun­try to not have a recog­nised univer­sity all of this could be a huge blow for us.

Peter­bor­ough’s long stand­ing am­bi­tion to be­come the UK’s en­vi­ron­men­tal cap­i­tal could also be in doubt if the coun­cil end up fol­low­ing the ex­am­ple laid down by the na­tional gov­ern­ment in scrap­ping whole en­vi­ron­men­tal com­mit­tees, de­part­mentsand sub­sides.

I do, how­ever, wel­comethe re­spons­es­given­fro­mau­thor­i­ties and other lead­ing fig­ures when con­demn­ing the out- ra­geous ac­tions of a the few in­di­vid­u­als who have tar­geted East­ern Euro­peans as “ver­min” and I am glad that the city has so far re­mained united.

Let us hope t hat t his strength i n be­ing united across com­mu­ni­ties can con­tinue as I be­lieve it in­evitably will carry us through un­cer­tain times andit will be­wethe peo­ple who make the right choices for our­selves which should lead us to make a suc­cess of what­ever may come.

Joseph Wells Deputy Co-Or­di­na­tor, Peter­bor­ough Green Party

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