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Letters from the Fenland Citizen, fenlandcitizen.co.uk, @FenlandCit on Twitter
Letters from the Fenland Citizen, fenlandcitizen.co.uk, @FenlandCit on Twitter

I wish to convey to the people concerned who fund F.A.C.T. what a wonderful service they provide for the public.

I am disabled and my husband, who was the driver for us, suffered an aneurism in August 2013 resulting in him having to undergo dialysis three times a week at Hinchingbrooke Hospital.

We live in a very remote area so, if it was not for the F.A.C.T. service, I would be unable to get around.

This service is priceless to me and hundreds of others who find themselves unable to carry out the everyday things in life.

It allows lonely people to socialise and not to feel alone and cut off from the outside world.

The drivers are respectful and helpful to all their passengers at all times.This service has proven to be my lifeline.

I wish to thank Jo, the manager, and all her staff in F.A.C.T. – all the people concerned – who keep this great service up and running.

Sheila Hawkins,



Run for Team Diabetes

I am writing to ask your readers to be part of something amazing by joining Team Diabetes UK and running at this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon, taking place on Sunday, April 26.

We’re looking for support from runners who already have their own place in the marathon, but haven’t yet decided which charity to run for.

In the east of England alone there are currently 300,000 people living with diabetes, as well as a further 66,250 who have Type 2 diabetes but don’t yet know it.

Diabetes is not something to be taken lightly – it’s a serious condition that, if not properly managed, can lead to devastating complications such as blindness, kidney failure, heart disease, stroke and amputation.

By joining Team Diabetes UK at this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon, runners will be raising money to provide vital information and support to local people with diabetes as well as increasing awareness for those who are as yet undiagnosed.

We campaign for better treatment and care for people with diabetes, as well as funding pioneering, life-changing research into care, treatment and prevention.

It is one of the world’s biggest marathons and the largest annual fundraising event on the planet, with an estimated 40,000 runners taking part.

The course passes through some of the capital’s most iconic sights including Tower Bridge, Big Ben and the London Eye before the finish line along the iconic Mall.

Runners will be cheered on by Diabetes UK supporters from cheer points at 12 and 24 miles, giving them an extra boost towards the finish line.

All runners who join the Diabetes UK team receive a branded vest complete with personalised lettering, crazy hair, a fundraising toolkit, online support, training tips, and are invited to the brilliant post-event Cool Down Party, complete with massage therapists to ease those aching muscles.

If you would like to run for Diabetes UK, please contact our Events Fundraising team on 0345 123 2399 or email events.fundraising@diabetes.org.uk

Clare Allen,

Fundraising Events Manager,

Diabetes UK Eastern.


Unfair NHS won’t help

I am writing to say how ridiculous I find it that the Government and the NHS are continually going on about how important it is to tackle the obesity problem in this country – yet, when people successfully lose large amounts of weight that means they have problems with a huge amount of excess surplus skin, they are told that the only way it can be dealt with is privately.

Surely if people have made this massive change to their lives and succeeded in losing this weight they should be able to get help on the NHS?

I find it strange that they will help people who make no effort to reduce their weight – meaning they are a drain on the NHS – but not this sector of people who have helped themselves.

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