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Close shave was an extra boost!

Sir, – I’m a 37-year old Dutchman who’s been living in Montrose for eight years and I’m doing a 162-mile sponsored walk in aid of the Scottish Wildlife Trust.
On Monday, I decided to pop in to Marmaris Barbers in Linlithgow High Street.

Mustafa immediately spotted my ‘Walk For Wildlife’ T-Shirt.

I explained to him that I’m doing the walk to support educational programmes by the Scottish Wildlife Trust.

When I asked him if he’d give me a shave for charity he obliged without hesitation.

At the time I’d completed 63 miles from Helensburgh to Linlithgow, with 99 miles still to go before reaching my destination of Berwick-upon-Tweed.

This is combining the John Muir Way (Helensburgh-Dunbar), which passes through Linlithgow, with the Berwickshire Coastal Path from Dunbar to Berwick-upon-Tweed.

I am merely a wildlife enthusiast who felt that kids from further afield than my own area – possibly even Linlithgow – should be able to enjoy the educational programme at the visitor centre at Montrose Basin as children always seem to be very happy when attending these.

I also value environmental education for youngsters highly.

Mustafa agreed to give me a full head shave with the cost going towards this charity.

If any readers would like to contribute then they can visit www.justgiving.com/educationalprogrammes or text GAIT76, followed by £1, £2, £3, £4, £5, or £10 to 70070. – Yours etc.,

Daniel Moonen

Via email


Help needed to ease Gaza crisis

Sir, – As a supporter of Christian Aid, which is a member of the Disasters Emergency Committee, I’d like to draw the attention of your readers to the recent launch of its Gaza Crisis Appeal.

We’ve all seen the distressing pictures of the terrible situation in Gaza.

The UN says the health system in Gaza is on the verge of collapse. Twenty-four health facilities have been damaged, with acute shortages of medicines and medical supplies. In addition, UN figures confirm:

1.5 million people have no, or very limited, access to water or sanitation (due to infrastructure damage and the lack of electricity affecting pumping and processing plants).

Up to 520,000 people may be displaced and in need of food assistance, with many crammed into overcrowded UN shelters.

65,000 people have seen their homes destroyed or damaged beyond repair

1814 Palestinians have been killed, including 1312 civilians of whom 408 were children.

67 Israelis have been killed, including three civilians.

The DEC is impartial, neutral and non-political. Its priority is tackling the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

It helps whoever needs it most. Every donation, even the smallest, makes a difference.

To make a donation, please visit www.dec.org.uk, call the 24-hour hotline on 0370 60 60 900, visit any high street bank or post office, or send a cheque.

You can also donate £5 by texting the word SUPPORT to 70000.

I know that people in this part of Scotland are very generous; let’s make a difference to people who are suffering in Gaza today. – Yours etc.,

Lesley MacKenzie

2 Inchcolm Terrace

South Queensferry


Venue change required

Sir, – Due to the anticipated demand for seats on Sunday evening, the referendum hustings have had to be relocated up to St Michael’s Parish Church, next to Linithgow Palace.

The short service of prayers at 6.30pm, pre-event refreshments and hustings themselves at 7.30pm will all now be in St Michael’s, at the top of the Kirk Wynd, where some parking will be available. – Yours etc.,

Patricia Chapman


Linlithgow Church Forum

Be aware of the silent killer

Sir, – I’m writing to appeal to your readers to get involved in Blood Pressure UK’s Know Your Numbers! Week, September 15-21.

A shocking eight million people in the UK are at risk of a stroke or heart attack because of their blood pressure.

We’re asking everyone in Scotland, of all ages, to take a moment to visit one of Blood Pressure UK’s pressure stations during the week to have a blood pressure test and know their numbers.

If left unchecked and not dealt with, high blood pressure can lead to a heart attack or a stroke

You wouldn’t know you have high blood pressure unless you have it checked, which is why it’s called ‘the silent killer’, however the good news is that if detected with a simple, quick and painless test, high blood pressure can be successfully managed and returned to a healthy level.

Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter and share the #KnowYourNumbers and other content during the week to help spread the word. You can also text NUMBERS to 70003 to donate £3.

Visit www.bloodpressureuk.org/kyn to see where your nearest Pressure Station is located and to find out more information on Know Your Numbers! Week. – Yours etc.,

Katharine Jenner

Chief Executive Officer,

Blood Pressure UK