Gazette letters: Marathon thanks, Well Street shops and EU


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Close to 500 British Heart Foundation (BHF) Heart Runners took to the streets of London this weekend for the London Marathon in a united front against coronary heart disease, the UK’s single biggest killer, writes Harriett Southwood, British Heart Foundation.

The legendary event saw BHF Heart Runners join over 39,000 runners to pound 26.2 miles of the capital’s pavements and raise urgently needed funds for the nation’s heart charity.

This year’s BHF Heart Runners included heart transplant survivors, supporters running in memory of a loved one who has died from heart disease and people running on behalf of family members living with a debilitating heart condition.

Amongst those running was 33-year-old Jonathan Hill from Shoreditch, who completed the course in four hours and three minutes and raised an incredible £3,000 for the BHF’s life saving research. He was running because he, as well as his father and two sisters, have Atrial Fibrillation, one of the most common forms of abnormal heart rhythm and a major cause of stroke.

Heart disease is not beaten yet. Every mile our Heart Runners complete will help continue to fund essential research to benefit the 2.3 million people living with coronary heart disease in the UK.

A big thank you to all who ran.

Great local journalism is about the issues that affect everyday people, writes Delroy Browne, address supplied.

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The article in last week’s Hackney Gazette (April 21, p4-5) about Well Street shopkeepers and the treatment by their landlord, a charity for the poor, highlights what is a disgrace, but could be representative of what’s happening across London.

Good to see the Gazette voicing and bringing to light the plight of local business. Well done Sam Gelder.

On behalf of the affected traders we would like to thank Hackney Gazette for bringing to light the plight of what the charitable trust is doing to its local commercial tenants, writes a Hackney trader, full name and address supplied.

Please follow up and see this through to its conclusion. It’s the tip of an iceberg.

This kind of investigation is journalism at its best.

Hackney’s small businesses have a big stake in the outcome of the June 23 referendum on EU membership, writes Jean Lambert, Green MEP for London.

As London’s Green MEP I believe small employers are a bedrock of local life and our economy. Small and medium enterprises account for almost half London’s economic business turnover, and employ one in two of its workforce.

Our high streets, industrial estates and business parks already benefit from being in the European Union.

Small firms profit from the market access EU membership provides. Nearly 27,000 London businesses trade with EU countries. 44pc of total UK exports are to the EU, and this rises to 61pc for small firms. Trading with the EU would be harder if we left and small exporters and the people they employ would be vulnerable.

Small businesses benefit from EU grants and investments. By 2014, 1,640 of London’s small and medium enterprises had been supported to improve their environmental performance thanks to just one EU programme.

Working collectively with our European neighbours leads to longer-term thinking which is vital if we are to deal with the multiple cross-border changes we face. As a Member of the European Parliament I am well aware the European Union is far from perfect. As a Londoner I am proud of London’s diversity and distinctiveness, not least its small business community. As a member of the Green Party I believe a strong local economy is important, but this does not mean we should be inward-looking. Overall the EU is already a positive thing for small businesses. By voting Remain on June 23 we can help small businesses face the future and build a greener, fairer, stronger Europe for all.