Children have a right to a happy home

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I AM pleased to hear the government is working to speed up the process of adoption.

I agree that adoption is not something that should be taken lightly and a lot of steps need to be taken to ensure a child gets placed with the correct family.

But there are so many children in need of a decent family and to them, waiting weeks and months on end is just too much for them.

But hopefully the government’s push will help make more children’s lives so much better.

It is good to know that there will be support with child care and even rights given to people at work for time off.

This will all help to speed the process and give a child a happy home.

Reading the Evening Post I see the council’s big campaign to raise awareness has bore fruit, with extra families coming forward.

The WWiSH (Warrington, Wigan and St Helens) Adoption Service should be congratulated on its work in making children’s dreams of a happy home come true.

Neil Foster

Via email

Pupils must do more exercise

WHILE the number of obese 11-year olds in Wigan falls below the North West average, there is certainly nothing to celebrate about as one in three school children in the town is currently overweight or obese.

This is not a statistic to be proud of and more work is clearly needed in this area to tackle this ticking time bomb of child health, especially when you consider that childhood obesity leads to many health complications in adult life.

Better education of pupils to make the right eating choices is certainly one way forward. However with a fabulous year of sport just ended, perhaps a greater emphasis on physical exercise at school would be more worthwhile.

Tragically, too many schools have cut back on time dedicated to sport.

I am confident that by giving our school children more time for sport, we will see a dramatic decline in childhood obesity.

Paul Nuttall, UKIP Wigan MEP


Charity needs to be saved

IT would be to the loss of the borough if the Me 2 You Bereavement charity closes down at the end of January.

It is a sad indictment of our times when a charity which has helped so many youngsters cope with the loss of a loved one in such a short space of time is forced to close due to lack of funding despite huge referrals from the local authority and health services.

It seems to me that the council and health authorities are very happy to pass the problem on to Me 2 You but not lift a finger to help them survive.

If the charity folds it will be the young people of Wigan who will suffer and all the work put in by Kelly, the staff and the volunteers will go to waste.

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