Letters to the editor – Thursday July 29

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Accident thanks

May I, through your letters page, express my sincere thanks to all the emergency services who attended to me at my accident on Ganavan beach on July 14.

I would also like to thank those who attended to me prior to the emergency services arriving. I don’t know who they were, but I believe there was a paramedic, physiotherapist and even a doctor at the scene.

Thank you for your reassurance which helped keep me calm.

Wilson Meredith.

Time for tea to boost Breast Cancer Now

As someone who has recently lost a loved one to breast cancer, I’ve seen first hand the devastating impact this disease can have.

Four days before the UK went into national lockdown, I lost my beautiful mum to secondary breast cancer. I was 11 weeks from giving birth to my daughter, Sofia Lily.  She would have been my mum’s first grandchild.

The Covid-19 pandemic has been an unprecedented situation for us all, but losing my mum and grieving during this time has been incredibly difficult.

I desperately want to do everything I can to support Breast Cancer Now, which provides essential support services so that people living with the disease, like my mum, are supported the whole way through their breast cancer experience. But they can only do so with your help.

Since the start of the pandemic, Breast Cancer Now has faced huge disruption. Their researchers lost thousands of precious hours in the labs and they’ve been forced to cancel hundreds of community support events – taking away a crucial lifeline for many.

That’s why I’m joining the thousands of others across the UK and having an Afternoon Tea this August.

Whether it’s a cuppa in the garden or delivering delicious treats to friends, anyone can take part. And no matter how you choose to have your Afternoon Tea, all money raised will help Breast Cancer Now provide world-class research and life-changing support for anyone affected by breast cancer.

So, if there was ever a time to pop the kettle on and get baking, that time is now. Fundraisers can register to claim a free fundraising pack at breastcancernow.org/cuppa

Andrea Springthorpe, Breast Cancer Now supporter.

Gunea Pig Club celebrates 80th anniversary

Eighty years ago in July 1941, a group of young men who had sustained severe burns in aircraft crashes during the Second World War came together to form The Guinea Pig Club. They took this name in honour of the ground-breaking techniques of pioneering plastic surgeon, Sir Archibald McIndoe.

Upon leaving hospital following their lengthy treatments, members established new careers, married and raised families, challenging the opinions of those who questioned their abilities. These young men quickly became a beacon of hope and their perseverance and tenacity continues to inspire burns survivors today.

The RAF Benevolent Fund is proud to have supported The Guinea Pig Club since its formation 80 years ago and has provided assistance to many of its members over the years. However, just six members of the Guinea Pig Club remain, so the Fund is taking this important anniversary to highlight the inspiring story of the Guinea Pig Club to ensure its legacy lives on.

I urge your readers to pay tribute to those who served and sacrificed their lives during the Second World War by visiting rafbf.dedicationpage.org/gpc80 where they can share memories, photographs, and thanks.

Air Vice-Marshal Chris Elliot, Chief Executive of the RAF Benevolent Fund