Letters, November 26 2021

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Air ambulance service may have saved my life

After reading a recent article in the Courier regarding the air ambulance, I know from personal experience how vital this service is.

In November 1972, due to an accident in Campbeltown Shipyard, I was flown from Campbeltown to Glasgow by air ambulance with severe burns to all parts of my body.

Due to the extensive burns on my right hand, my fingers were amputated at the first joint; also numerous skin grafts were applied to my face, head, legs and hand.

The flight to Glasgow took 25 minutes. Travelling by road would have taken three hours or longer, dependent on road conditions.

I believe that had I not been transferred immediately to the hospital by air, I may not be here today.

I am sure there are hundreds of others in Argyll with similar stories.

David Anderson, Cyprus, formerly of Castleacres, Campbeltown.

Magical vision from Santa and his elves

With the festive season nearly upon us, Santa and his elves are already busy getting everything prepared to make sure every child has a magical Christmas.

As always, Santa is expecting to receive millions of letters from children all over the world with asks of what they’d like to receive in their stockings on Christmas Day.

To make sure that every child can read his reply Santa has teamed up with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) to make his letters available in accessible formats, including braille, audio and large print, for children who have a vision impairment.

Last year, the elves sent 1,465 letters from Santa to blind and partially-sighted children across the UK, helping them experience the same magic of Christmas as sighted children.

If you know a child who has a vision impairment and who would love to receive a letter from Santa, please send their Christmas letter to: Santa Claus, RNIB, Northminster House, Northminster, Peterborough, PE1 1YN.

Santa has also gone digital! Email santa@rnib.org.uk by Wednesday, December 22 for an email response with a large print attachment.

Letters can also be requested through RNIB’s website at www.rnib.org.uk/santa

On behalf of Santa, his elves and all at RNIB, we wish you a Merry Christmas!

David Clarke, director of services, RNIB.

We need to talk money for children’s mental health

Earlier this month I spoke to students, parents and universities as part of the government’s Talk Money Week.

It is starkly apparent that all of us with children studying at university – or whose children one day hope to – must do more to talk about students’ mental health and money.

It is likely that this generation will be the one that pays for the pandemic, literally. It is time now to focus on how we can support them.

As a starting point, please can we all simply start to have open conversations with our children about their education finances?

We must act now. Please start those conversations with the students in your life today.

Dr Dominique Thompson, clinical advisor, Student Minds.