LETTERS: Your discussion from around the city in this week's Observer - The Coventry Observer

10th Aug, 2022

LETTERS: Your discussion from around the city in this week's Observer

It was a real delight to join councillors Ken Taylor, Allan Andrews and Gary Ridley when the Coventry resource centre for the blind was awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service on October 24th.

The ceremony took place at St Mary’s Guildhall and was hosted by the Lord Mayor of Coventry.

Many of their volunteers and trustees attended the evening to celebrate their hard work and dedication to Coventry Resource Centre for the Blind.

It is great to see more recognition given to those that volunteer to help our residents.

They were delighted to be awarded the highest honour a charity can receive for outstanding work in the community!

Trustee/Managers Rosie Brady and Patricia Griffiths were invited to attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace. I’m sure a terrific experience.

If you are interested in finding out more about the work they do or would want to volunteer you can call 024 7671 7522 for further details.

Volunteers at the Resource Centre have always found it to be a rewarding experience, with lots to do and a very friendly atmosphere.

Councillor Tim Mayer

Westwood Ward

Members Support

Coventry City Council

I’m calling on dads, brothers, sons, nephews, grandads and uncles to grow a beard this December and raise money for Bowel Cancer UK.

Taking part in Decembeard is simple. All you need to do is clean shave on 30 November and let your facial fuzz grow throughout the month. Already bearded? No problem. Dye, ditch or decorate your beard and join the campaign.

Bowel cancer is the third most common cancer in men and the second biggest cancer killer in the UK. However it shouldn’t be. It’s treatable and curable, especially if diagnosed early.

Grow a beard this December and raise funds to support vital services and lifesaving research. Sign up at bowelcanceruk.org.uk/decembeard

Jim Rosenthal

Sports broadcaster

This November marks 100 years since the end of the First World War. On this anniversary, it’s so important that we remember the people and animals that lost their lives during this terrible conflict.

More than 16 million horses, donkeys and other animals were made to serve during the war – transporting everything from ammunition and messages to food rations and supplies. They hauled guns and pulled ambulances, while cavalry horses often led the charge on the front line.

They faced unimaginable horrors – and, tragically, nine million of these animals were killed.

As we stop to remember those who suffered and died a century ago, we must also not forget that animals continue to be innocent victims in brutal conflicts across the world today.

In recent years, SPANA has worked in war zones – from Kosovo and Iraq to Afghanistan – to provide urgent veterinary treatment to animals in severe distress.

As we commemorate Armistice Day, it is a sad reality that this appalling suffering is not a distant memory, consigned to history. But while there are animals in desperate need, during times of war and peace, it is vital that help is on hand for them.

Geoffrey Dennis

Chief Executive, SPANA (the Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad)

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