Letters, October 8 2021

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Porridge power could help feed hungry children

It’s World Porridge Day on October 10 and while, for some, this might conjure up images of Goldilocks and The Three Bears, or those famous old porridge adverts, there’s also a more important meaning to this day, one that can quite literally change lives.

Mary’s Meals feeds more than two million children in 19 countries around the world every school day.

In the countries where the charity works, including Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe, children are normally served steaming mugs of porridge, known locally as likuni phala, enriched with vitamins to help them learn and grow.

Providing a daily meal in a place of education is helping even the most vulnerable children to attend school and concentrate in lessons, giving them the freedom to learn and fulfil their potential.

And the average global cost to feed a child with Mary’s Meals for a whole school year is just £15.90.

Your readers can learn more about the work of this charity, and how a mug of porridge is helping to transform young lives, at marysmeals.org.uk

Sophie Thompson, British actor and former winner of Celebrity MasterChef.

Planning, potholes, housing and broadband in Bowmore

It was great to be back in Bowmore recently where I listened to many important  concerns and checked whether potholes that I previously reported to our roads department had been filled in.

Many businesses stressed the importance of the public buying local and the need for more liberalised planning laws to help incentivise growth.

Quality  housing is particularly important for our younger residents and continues to be raised.

I’m pleased that our council will continue to invest in social house building, not just for rent but also to buy.

My email inbox is often full of justifiably frustrated constituents who have got in touch with me about slow internet speeds both within and outside of our villages.

I have been in contact with BT Openreach, MSPs and council officials about this and I have been lobbying for more digital investment relentlessly.

On all the these matters and many more, I will not stop pushing hard for my ward and my constituents.

Councillor Alastair Redman, Kintyre and the Islands.