Thank you for kind-hearted gesture at Asda car park
I WENT to park in the Asda car park in Bromsgrove last Wednesday, January 19, and then popped into the town centre before going back to the supermarket to do my shopping.
As I went to pay, I only had a £5 note and the slots that accepted notes were sealed up.
As I stood there wondering what to do (I had all my shopping with me and my ticket was already in the machine), a young girl standing behind me stepped forward and paid the £2.40.
I thanked her for her ‘kind gesture’ and she just told me to ‘pass it on’ before leaving.
I did not have a chance to thank her properly for what she did so I want to do that through your letters page.
It was such a nice thing to do.
Time for Bromsgrove town centre to get a new clock
I THINK it is about time that Bromsgrove town centre had a clock and wondered what other Standard readers thought about it.
Years ago we had one above Boots the chemist but that no longer works and people at the time did not like the noise coming from it.
I think a clock would a great addition to the town centre.
When the bandstand was built in Sanders Park, it was done in commemoration of the Queen’s Jubilee and was called the Jubilee Bandstand.
With Her Majesty’s Platinum milestone coming up, it would be perfect timing for Bromsgrove – which is a very patriotic town – to have a new Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Clock,
We would need to find the perfect place in the town for it and I would be also interested in hearing other readers’ views and ideas on that.
Bromsgrove and Droitwich Standard sales service was second to none
ON BEHALF of the Slimming World groups in Bromsgrove, Droitwich and Rubery, I would just like to say a big thank you to Zoe in your advertising department.
She has worked so hard ensuring that our adverts are correct, making last minute changes and also sharing the stories of our brand new consultants.
With the help of your newspaper, we have welcomed over 350 new members into our groups so far which, after the last two years, is fabulous to see!
Due to the pandemic we are seeing more and more people walk through our doors who have never needed to lose weight before so thank you for helping members to find our groups.
Thank you Zoe for a fabulous service.
Slimming World Team Developer
Nominate your ‘everyday heroes’, says Sighsavers
AS CEO of international development organisation Sightsavers, I see many examples of ‘everyday hero’ local communities supporting societal challenges.
Players of People’s Postcode Lottery are one group in the Midlands whose goodwill astounds me.
Since 2018 players across Britain have raised over £6.5million for Sightsavers.
This money has helped achieve nearly 9,000 cataract operations, 150,000+ eye examinations and 1million+ eyesight tests.
A heartfelt thank you to players for helping transform lives through our eye health, inclusive education and neglected tropical disease projects.
Lives like Enock’s, a young boy with cerebral malaria, a neurological complication of malaria, who’s now happily learning and developing alongside his peers thanks to an inclusive early childhood development project in Malawi.
Enock’s father, Chikumbutso, told us that before the project, his son kept himself to himself and was an unhappy child, but he now chats with friends and seems content. Chikumbutso sees a good future for Enock and is more confident about his transition to primary school.
Any readers interested in supporting our vision of a world where no one is blind from avoidable causes and where people with disabilities can participate equally in society, can visit www.sightsavers.org for more information.
Dr Caroline Harper, CBE
Last chance to help Mary’s Meals campaign
WE WANT to let your readers know that this is the last month for their donations to Mary’s Meals to be matched through the charity’s Double The Love campaign.
We have been enormously moved by the stories of the children who eat Mary’s Meals.
Children like 11-year-old Failo, whose life is in some ways no different to that of children living here in Worcestershire. He enjoys playing football with his friends and, in class, loves reading and writing best.
But his life can be very hard. He lives in a rural village in Zambia where there is no electricity, and his windowless home is made from mud bricks.
Food is scarce and Failo relies on a serving of porridge from Mary’s Meals each morning in school – often his first meal of the day.
More than 2million children in 20 countries eat Mary’s Meals every school day. The food attracts them into the classroom, where they receive an education that can, in the future, be their ladder out of poverty.
Until January 31, donations made to this wonderful charity’s Double The Love campaign will be matched by a group of generous supporters, up to £1.6million – meaning even more little ones will receive a nutritious meal at school.
We hope your readers will visit marysmeals.org.uk/doublethelove to donate.
Emma and Sophie Thompson
WHILST for many, cashless parking and apps are more convenient, they do not suit everyone and the last thing hard-hit traders need at the moment is shoppers being dissuaded from visiting the town centre because they cannot pay with coins.
It is great, therefore, common sense has prevailed with one cash-accepting machine being kept in all but one of Bromsgrove’s town centre car parks.
People are often cynical about council consultations being an ‘already done deal’.
Well done Bromsgrove District Council for listening.