Arran Banner letters – week 52

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Bin anger


While I normally admire the good work of the volunteers who walk along the beach cleaning it of plastics etc I must take umbrage at the person who on December 19 was cleaning along towards Clauchlands and decided to deposit the contents into my blue bin that was at the bottom of my driveway for collection.

Thanks to them the bin was red carded by the collection team who refused to empty it as it contained rubbish that should not have been placed in it. As a result we now have to wait another two weeks to have the blue bin emptied.


Danny Ferguson,


Charity support


On behalf of all of us at Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland, I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported us this year.

In 2018, thousands of people in Scotland had their lives turned upside down by a chest, heart or stroke condition.  Living with such a condition can cause fear and isolation as people struggle with the impact on their lives.

One in five people in Scotland are affected by chest, heart and stroke conditions and that number is growing.  People need our advice line, stroke nurses, rehabilitation support and peer support groups more than ever before.   Your support has helped people take back their lives, regain their confidence, and live life to the full.

I also want to say a special thanks to everyone who has volunteered their time to support us – whether it is through fundraising, working in our shops or helping care for people through our support groups.  None of the work that we do would be possible without the invaluable contribution of our volunteers.

There is so much more still to do and I hope we will have your continued support in 2019.  Together we can, and will, make sure there is no life half lived in Scotland.

Thank you.


Jane-Claire Judson

Chief executive Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland