Arran Banner Letters – week 28, 2022

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Another inquiry not what we need

Sir,
I have just bought the Arran Banner dated July 8 and the first article I saw, ‘Major inquiry launched into ferry provision on Arran’, appalled me.

Another inquiry is not what we need. It is obvious what we need is simply a regular service with reliable ships.


My wife and I have operated a small, self-catering flat in Brodick for 20 years and, like other business owners, have despaired at the loss of business as the ferry service has declined. The pandemic, of course, exacerbated everything but should not be used to cover up the grim reality of this situation.

Another inquiry equals another delay, of course, probably a year. The blame will once again be moved around until no-one is to blame and we will not be one step nearer a solution.

Yours,
Catriona and James Turner,
Brodick.

 


Endless discussions

Sir,

I write with regard to last week’s Arran Banner article about the ferry inquiry being carried out by the Holyrood net zero, energy and transport committee.

Surely common sense would indicate what Arran and all other islands need is a reliable, resilient and regular ferry service and that we need it now rather than wasting months, if not years, on a talk shop designed purely to delay any decisions and action.

If we are not careful, this committee will only focus on endless discussions on net zero, rather than urgently seeking to lease or buy replacement vessels as soon as possible.

Yours,

Ian Clinton,

Shiskine.

 

Help for cats

Sir,

Over the past two, rather difficult, years Arran Cat Rescue volunteers have continued to provide rescue, care, support, fostering and rehoming for domestic and feral cats on Arran.

This is no mean feat, especially as it is a small group operating from their own homes and with no government or other funding.

You may have seen some of our recent Facebook appeals for specific funding to help individual island ‘moggy’ residents and we say another huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who has supported these needy felines. Their stories have varied, but every one of them would have faced very different outcomes without your help.

But we need to recharge our finances. We need funds to buy special kitten foods and have them vet health checked, vaccinated and worm and flea treated to ensure every kitten we rescue and rehome has the best start in life in our hands. This significantly reduces the risk of problems for them later in life.

Thankfully, a number of people responded to our plea for new volunteers to help us  respond to calls. That has led to a need to increase our stock of specialist traps and other equipment so that catching lost and stray cats can be less traumatic and time consuming. We also need income to help pay for day-to-day expenses including  veterinary costs, microchipping, equipment repairs and protective gloves.

Could you spare a few pounds per month on a direct debit? A few committed regular donations would make a massive difference. For example, £6 a month would vaccinate/neuter a cat/kitten; £3 a month would provide the first vaccine; £15 a month would neuter one cat/buy a cat trap/microchip two cats and buy special kitten food.

Another way you can help is to donate something for our tombola stall at Arran Farmers Show a month away. Donations can be dropped off at the donation box in the big Co-op or contact us on donations@arrancatrescue.org.uk or by calling 01770 820360/01770 600404. Leave a message and we will arrange collection.

We also have a Facebook auction page for treasures we have been given to raise funds. Perhaps you have something good we could use? Use the number above.

We have collection boxes at the big Co-op, the vets and at a few other locations around the island where you can donate cash, cat food or other necessities. To make a donation via Paypal it’s donations@arrancatrescue.org.uk or arrancatrescue@gmail.com.

All our little furry friends are grateful for your kindness.

Yours,

Linda Hartley,

Co-ordinator, 

Arran Cat Rescue.

Afternoon Tea in August

Sir,

People with breast cancer need you. And they need you now. Every year, around 55,000 women and 370 men in the UK have their lives turned upside down by a breast cancer diagnosis. In 2007, I experienced this first hand when I was told I had the disease.

Nearly five years after I finished treatment, I was diagnosed with secondary (metastatic) breast cancer which had spread to my liver. Secondary breast cancer can be treated but cannot be cured.

I’ve worked with the charity Breast Cancer Now for a long time because they’ve been with me from the start. That’s why I’m calling on readers to join me this August by hosting an Afternoon Tea. Afternoon Tea is Breast Cancer Now’s annual fundraising event that gives you a chance to get together with friends, family or colleagues over a cake in the garden, or a picnic in the park, to raise money for charity.

Money raised will help Breast Cancer Now continue to provide award-winning health information, fund cutting-edge research projects and give someone much-needed reassurance on their helpline, which I know from calling the team myself, can make all the difference.

This year’s Afternoon Tea fundraising kit includes decorations and games to make your event special, including beautiful bespoke bunting designed by iconic British brand Cath Kidston.

Join thousands of people across the UK and host an Afternoon Tea in August. Sign up for your fundraising kit at breastcancernow.org/cuppa

Yours,

Jane Devonshire,

2016 MasterChef winner and Breast Cancer Now supporter.