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Thanks for open day support

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The recent Open Gardens event in aid of the Medical Loans Service run by Chatteris Community Group resulted in £201 being raised for the service.

It is the only voluntary one in the area and relies on donations to fund its work.

Five gardens were booked to open but another couple welcomed some visitors at the last minute.

I wish to say ‘thank you’ to all those who helped make this event a success. Garden owners worked hard to overcome the problems caused by our weather.

Visitors, not just locals, but some people who travelled from Whittlesey and Cambridge, as well as two ladies from Denmark, have said how much they enjoyed the afternoon.

A special thank you to the poster ‘putter-upers’, the programme sellers, the stallholders and those who served refreshments.

Besides the £201 for our ‘Good Neighbour Medical Loans Service’, for which we are very grateful, Myeloma Cancer will receive £120, Chatteris Tennis Club £117 and Chatteris in Bloom £15.

I hope to run this event again next year.

Although we are grateful to those who opened this year it would be nice if new gardens could be added to our programme.

In that way, those who opened their gardens this year could have a rest and the opportunity to be a visitor instead of an owner.

If you want to know more, please contact me on 01354 695154.

Lillian Oakey,



We want your tips

We are calling on people who live in this area and are affected by diabetes to send us their practical top tips.

We are gathering indispensable tips to create the first-ever book for people living with diabetes, written by people with diabetes. It is called ‘100 things I wish I’d known about living with diabetes’ and will be a free book for anyone affected by the condition.

Whether you live with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, or live with someone who does, there will be everyday hurdles that people living with the condition are best placed to offer tips around overcoming. I therefore hope that your readers who either live with diabetes or know someone who does, may be willing to share a top tip with us.

There are a wide range of topics this tip might be on such as: travelling and holidays; driving; sex and relationships; diet and fitness; school or work; or family – including raising children with Type 1 diabetes.

We ask that tips are kept short – to one or two sentences, and that they offer helpful everyday solutions as opposed to medical advice.

If someone’s tip gets used in the book, their name will not only be published in the book but their name and tip could also be used to promote the book on TV, in newspapers, online and in other marketing materials.

So it’s important that anyone who submits a tip is sure they are happy for their first name to be used in this way.

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a project that will see the first-ever book written by people with diabetes for people with diabetes, to help everyone with the condition to live well.

People are invited to share their top tips with Diabetes UK by completing the online form at www.diabetes.org.uk/top-tips by August 7.

Peter Shorrick,

Diabetes UK Midlands regional manager.

Floral displays

Blooming brilliant

Driving through March town centre the other day I was struck by the colourful spectacle created by the floral displays. Even though it was a rainy day, they were so uplifting.

I haven’t seen the displays put together in Wisbech and Chatteris but, if they are of a similar standard, congratulations to these towns, too.

If this is what the quest for In Bloom success has inspired in our towns, then it is a brilliant initiative.

The displays have such a feelgood factor they really do make it a pleasure to visit our town centres.

I’ve read in the Citizen how the In Bloom groups are hoping for success with Anglia In Bloom this year – good luck to them. I hope they get it –they certainly deserve gold medals!

Citizen reader,

via email.

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