Letters, April 22 2022

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Kind and thoughtful Campbeltown

I have suddenly been sent for ongoing tests and, to keep my appointments in Glasgow, we have stayed at home to avoid infections.

This has resulted in having to step back from my role as a voluntary driver for the South Kintyre Seniors Forum ‘Happy Bus’.

Feeling a bit flat, I was delighted to receive a ‘get well’ card from all the Happy Bus-users.

It has really given me a lift that they have thought of me at this time.

I am determined to get the all-clear as soon as possible and look forward to resuming my role.

Campbeltown has shown, once again, what kind and thoughtful people we have.

Thank you all so much for your kind wishes.

Andrew Rathey, Southend.

Time to complete the census

People in Argyll and Bute who have not yet filled in their Scotland’s Census details are reminded it is their legal responsibility to do so and are being encouraged to get help if they need it.

Taking part in the census is a legal responsibility. The census provides vital information required to invest in and run the services we all rely on.

Those who don’t fill in the census by May 1 may face prosecution, which could lead to a criminal record and a fine.

It’s not just the public sector; charities and businesses use census data to help them make decisions.

By answering questions about yourself, your home and your household, you are having your say on what services are needed in your community.

I’d like to thank everyone who has filled in their census.

For anyone who has yet to complete it, help and support is available on the website census.gov.scot or via a free helpline on 0800 030 8308.

Guidance is available for every question in English and 16 other languages on the website. An interpretation service covering most languages can be accessed by calling 0800 030 8333.

You can also request copies of the guidance in Braille, large print or on audio CD or USB.

There are guidance videos in British Sign Language (BSL) on the key pages of the website and a video relay service offered by contactscotland-bsl.org can be used by BSL-users to access advice from the helpline.

Anyone who can’t complete the census on their own can ask someone they trust over 16 years old for help.

Reminder letters have been sent to every household in the country which is yet to complete the census and field staff are visiting addresses that haven’t completed their return to offer advice and support.

If you need more information, visit the census website www.census.gov.scot or call the free Scotland’s Census helpline on 0800 030 8308.

Paul Lowe, National Records of Scotland chief executive.

Get active with Mary’s Meals

I’m proud to support Mary’s Meals, a charity which feeds more than two million children in some of the world’s poorest countries every school day.

The Great Kindrochit Quadrathlon is an opportunity to swim, run, kayak and cycle around Loch Tay to support Mary’s Meals.

Or try hiking in the Pentland Hills for the Artemis Pentland Peaks Challenge. Readers can also set their own Move for Meals challenge and jog, climb, even disco dance anywhere in the UK to raise funds.

Taking part in these events will help Mary’s Meals to reach desperately hungry children with the promise of a school meal across 20 countries including Ethiopia, Haiti, South Sudan and Syria.

Mark Beaumont, athlete and broadcaster.