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Charity that needs the dough

Sir, – The ever popular National Doughnut Week is fast approaching and I would like to make a special appeal to independent craft bakers and coffee shops across the UK to sign-up for this fun, annual charity event.

National Doughnut Week, which is taking place from May 9-16, 2015, is held in aid of The Children’s Trust, the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury.

Since 2005, when The Children’s Trust became the chosen charity, an amazing £312,000 has been raised.

I also wish to make an appeal to the general public to get involved by buying friends or work colleagues a delicious doughnut treat from bakers and coffee shops displaying National Doughnut Week posters.

Businesses and local community groups may wish to hold their own doughnut day to raise money and make a donation direct to The Children’s Trust.

Everyone deserves a treat now and then so, whoever and wherever you are, please get involved and help make a difference to some very special children. Thank you.

For fundraising ideas, doughnut facts, please visit: – Yours etc.,

Phil Tufnell


The Children’s Trust

Discussions over Marches, gala

Sir, – We would like to update your readers following a letter from Craig Connor printed on Friday, April 3 (Marching to a Different Drum, page 20).

Mr Connor asks about rail replacement buses during the closure of the rail line for electrification works inside Winchburgh tunnel this summer.

His specific concern relates to where passengers will be collected and dropped off when the Riding of the Marches are on given that some roads are closed for a time.

I would like to reassure readers that we have already contacted West Lothian Council to request a meeting to discuss the matter further.

Our priority is to ensure that during the improvements (June 13-July 26) we provide as much information to our customers as possible. – Yours etc.,

Louise Stewart

Media officer - ScotRail

Atrium Court, Waterloo Street


SNP man should remember ‘No’

Sir, – In the Journal and Gazette (April 10, 2015), the SNP candidate says he wants to listen to the voice of the people locally - he might begin by remembering that they voted No in the recent referendum!

He might answer the point of the SNP ban on fracking locally, when the oil refinery may need it to keep the plant going in the long term!

He may care to answer the point of the SNP policy of fiscal autonomy, ie that Scotland would raise all the money spent by government here - when figures show that there would be a massive black hole in finances if this were to happen . A shortfall of over seven billion pounds ( about what we spend on education ).

These figures are produced by the Office of Budget Responsibility, and the Institue of Fiscal Studies ( neither of which is party political ).This would mean austerity on a scale that would make George Osborne blush!

They seem unable to understand that true Scottsh patriots are the unionists! –Yours etc.,

William Ballantine


A time to be heard

Sir, – The general election on May 7 is a key opportunity for disabled people to make their voices heard at the ballot 

The next government will be making decisions about everything from whether we get more disabled-friendly homes built to essential support with cooking, washing and getting out and about.

Your council should make sure disabled people are able to use their vote in person on polling day. There are many ways that they can do this, for example by making sure polling 
stations are accessible to wheelchair users, providing forms in large-print or taking time to explain the process so that someone can cast their vote.

For more information about voting, visit and ensure you have a say on the important issues that affect your daily life. – Yours etc.,

Emma Lindsay

Campaigns Manager

Leonard Cheshire Disability


Earth Hour success story

Sir, – I would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to readers for helping make Earth Hour such an incredible success.

Thousands of Scots joined millions of people across the world in going dark for an hour to show they want action on climate change.

Thanks to the support of readers, the Scottish Government, local authorities and players of People’s Postcode Lottery more than 100 towns and cities organised Earth Hour activities. A record 1000 schools participated along with many landmarks. We would encourage everyone to think about ways they can go beyond the Hour, whether at home or in their place of work. – Yours etc.,

Lang Banks


WWF Scotland