Paralympics highlights hidden hardships

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THE Paralympics have come home and they look like being the most successful and well-attended Games ever. Our paralympians are quite deservedly getting a world stage for their achievements.

But let’s not forget the millions more people with disabilities and those who care for them. They confront hurdles of a very different kind in their daily lives - hurdles of financial hardship, social isolation, ill health, depression and despair. In overcoming these obstacles they are performing their own quiet heroics, day in, day out, with little recognition and even less support.

The sad truth is that even on the occasion of the biggest ever Paralympics, disabled people and carers remain among the most disenfranchised and vulnerable members of society. I’d like to offer your readers the opportunity to help us change that.

I work for the disability charity Vitalise. We provide desperately-needed respite breaks for disabled people and carers at Sandpipers, our respite break centre in Southport. To make a donation or for more information about our breaks, call 0303 303 0147 or visit

Colin Brook, Vitalise

Banning crosses shows no respect

This morning I heard the news about a few people who were discriminated against for wearing crosses at work. They are taking their cases to the court of human rights. Discrimination like this is outrageous in its very nature. Christians have worn crosses in Britain for decades.

Everybody of my generation respected others in relationship to what they believed in. I have noticed every other religion other than the Christian does not get discriminated against for wearing symbols or clothing indicating their beliefs. The newscaster said, “their religion” as if it was strange to the British Isles.

The Romans were used to bring Christianity to these shores. When I was at school we had a Christian assembly before school lessons commenced, this occurred all over the country. There was a God consciousness all over Britain which permeated its way into school work and the workplace.

N W Threlfall, via e-mail

Tutu should seek Blair confession

Pulling out of a South African conference on leadership because of the presence of former Prime Minister Tony Blair, Archbishop Desmond Tutu claimed Blair should be hauled in front of the international criminal courts because of his involvement in the Iraq war.

Perhaps he has forgotten that Blair recently converted to Roman Catholicism.

As such he is entitled to confession and absolution from what he would regard as a higher court. The same one I believe that the Mafia avail themselves of.

Or perhaps Blair, as he pockets his latest £150,000 fee from the conference, really meant it, in his famous sketch with Catherine Tait, when he said “Am I bovvered.”

Oh, and before Tutu gets too sanctimonious, he may wish to look up the historic, international, religious leadership’s record on their attitude to war and the aftermath of war!

Denis Lee, via e-mail