Cancer pledge, children post-Covid, Green future,

Mayoral candidates must support cancer patients

Sarifa Patel and Kris Chadwick, Macmillan Cancer campaigners, write:

Hundreds of Londoners have signed an open letter urging London mayors to become cancer champions once elected.

We ask candidates to pledge to stand up now and support the 210,000 people with cancer in the capital who need support now more than ever.

When the coronavirus pandemic struck, thousands of vital treatments, appointments and care for cancer were postponed or canceled. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, 15 percent fewer people have started cancer treatment in London compared to the previous year.

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Macmillan Cancer Support hears every day from people who need urgent help. People still cannot get the timely support they need and the emotional impact of the outbreak continues to take its toll on those who are already struggling.

The Mayor of London can be the voice of people with cancer and can partner with Macmillan to provide essential support. Therefore, when elected, we ask candidates to agree to:

Work with Macmillan to make sure everyone knows how to get cancer. Meet people with cancer from London within the first 100 days of their election. Participate in World’s Biggest Coffee Morning in September to raise money for people with cancer.

We think cancer matters. Do you?

Helping children cope with Covid

Have fun on NSPCC’s Number Day – Credit: PA Images

Jenna Lloyd, School Service Manager, NSPCC London & South East, writes:

Children’s lives are turned upside down due to the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, with many out of school for extended periods.

The NSPCC’s Childline service has heard from thousands of kids who really found a challenge this time around. Some have felt overwhelmed by homeschooling, while others have missed friends and family, and many have seen their mental health deteriorate.

To help us be here for teens as lockdown restrictions become easier, and to remind them how Childline can support them, we encourage schools across the country to participate in the NSPCC’s Number Day on Friday May 7th.

Primary and secondary schools can sign up for the annual fundraising day to enjoy math games and challenges. This year we’ve created a new game called Buddy’s Key Challenge, in which students can complete math puzzles to create a key that can open a door so that the charity mascot Buddy can visit their school. There are various activities for all age groups and teachers are provided with relevant resources.

The money raised will help the NSPCC in its mission to make 2021 a better year for children.

To apply, go to the NSPCC website, search for Number Day and fill in your school’s details using the registration form.

Everyone needs a better future

Sian Berry, Green candidate for Mayor of London, writes:

Londoners need more small locations for new homes, green spaces and community amenities, but London’s current planning policy is top-down and only focused on major developments. This approach does not work. I want to bring leadership from the bottom down to the planning. As the first green mayor of London, I will establish a People’s Land Commission so that local people in every part of London are supported and empowered to map their areas and bring forward ideas for underused land.

I will back their plans by finding funding and support to get what each area needs, be it new playgrounds, green spaces, community centers, small business space or new homes. And I will urge the government to ‘bribe’ a community law into law, as they have done in Scotland.

In my London, the people will plan the future of our city, bringing more than ever the fresh thinking we need in planning the recovery and building more resilience in our communities for a brighter future.

Make a will and support a good cause

Samia Khatun, legacy executive, St John’s Hospice, writes:

If your readers are among the 57 percent who have not yet made a will, they might like to know that St John’s Hospice is hosting its annual Make a Will Fortnight event that will run through Sunday, May 2.

We are pleased to announce the participation of six local attorneys who will write a simple will for free. We hope people using this service will consider making a donation to St John’s Hospice in lieu of the notary fees – the suggested amount is £ 200 for an individual simple will.

Our hospice is the only independent charity hospice serving eight boroughs in central and northwest London and provides free palliative care to approximately 4,000 patients with life-limiting or terminal illnesses. Our revenues have been badly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and we depend on fundraising events such as Make a Will Fortnight, now entering its sixth year, to fund the continued delivery of exemplary care we provide for free.

And if you were making a will, would you consider leaving an inheritance to St John’s Hospice? We are always extremely grateful and honored when someone leaves us a legacy, especially if it is someone who has benefited from many of our services.

Readers can learn more about the Make a Will Fortnight and details of the six attorneys involved by visiting our website stjohnshospice.org.uk and clicking on our Events section. Or, to discuss the event or leave a legacy, contact me via email samia.khatun@hje.org.uk or call 07436 253158.

To facilitate social distancing, the lawyers will receive instructions by phone or email. There is also a choice of Skype, WhatsApp or Zoom.

How to Help Abandoned Pets

Michaela Strachan, Ambassador, Blue Cross, writes:

It’s National Pet Month and I encourage animal lovers to participate in the Blue Cross Rescue Run to help the charity care for pets in need.

Between May 1 and May 31, cover 26.2 miles as you wish – hop, jump, jump, walk or run, you can even join in with your dog.

Every penny raised goes towards helping the thousands of homeless, abandoned, sick and injured pets the charity brings in every year, and each participant receives a special medal.

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