PUBLISHED: 12:00 17 March 2019

Dr Sharar Ali visited the spot where Jodie died. Photo: MPS

Dr Sharar Ali visited the spot where Jodie died. Photo: MPS

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Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Post readers this week.



Politicians must act to stop deaths

Dr Shahrar Ali, Barking, Dagenham and Havering Green Party candidate for London Assembly, writes:

This weekend I visited the scene of the murder of Jodie Chesney in Harold Hill, to pay my respects following the unconscionable actions of her attacker just over a week ago.

No words are equal to express my sorrow following the senseless killings of Jodie or the other 16 victims of fatal stabbings in London this year alone. I spoke with another resident who was visibly tearful.

Yes, we need more visible policing from a resource-starved force. Yes, we need action on the ease with which knives are accessed and carried.

But, moreover, we especially need soul searching as a society on the conditions and circumstances which lead to such extreme, senseless violence.

Politicians on all sides must act as one to save our children from falling victim to such horrific crimes or, God forbid, from becoming perpetrators without a stake in society.

Get health benefit from a good walk

Tompion Platt, director of Advocacy & Engagement, The Ramblers, writes:

At The Ramblers, we not only love a good walk in the countryside, we believe it’s vital that the places that we all live are great for walking too.

Making it easy to walk everyday local journeys not only helps us live more active, healthier lives, it could also help to tackle some of society’s biggest problems like growing levels of obesity, social isolation, congestion and air pollution.

With our Britain’s Best Walking Neighbourhood Award, we are searching for the places that put pedestrians first and make every day walking a joy for the whole community, with safe, accessible routes to shops and services and well cared for parks and green spaces.

If this sounds like your neighbourhood, make sure you nominate it before the deadline on March 17: ramblers.org.uk/nominate.

Know your rights with benefit check

June Bennett, Benefit Answers, writes:

Thousands of poorer UK pensioners who have partners of working age could be about to lose up to £7,000 a year.

From May 15, new pensioners whose partners are younger than the state retirement age of 65 will no longer be able to make a new claim for pension credit.

Instead they will have to claim the less generous Universal Credit.

So, if you have ever wondered if you could be eligible for pension credit now is the time to find out or it might be too late!

Benefitanswers are offering a free check which will tell you if you could be entitled to pension credit. For your free check telephone 0330 223 4773.

Why your business needs a website

Jamie Brown, of Archant’s Local Impact initiative, writes:

Often when speaking about digital I get asked the question “Do I really need a website? Can’t I just use Google listings and Facebook?” My answer is always the same and almost always unpopular.

I think that today a serious business needs a website.

A business does need Google listings and social media… don’t get me wrong here. But when those platforms can change the way your business appears at a moment’s notice you can’t seriously rely on them to be your ‘home’ online.

Facebook changed its algorithm just over a year ago and the resulting change dented the visibility of small businesses that relied upon it as their only route to market.

Getting a website for your business is easier than ever… I am tripping over ads all the time. Businesses on TV, Youtube and social media are screaming at me to build my own website. The options are endless.

Mention on a business chat room or forum that you want a website and I’m sure you will have many offers of help.

Here are few pointers:

• Know exactly what you want your website for before you ask for a quote/start building, What do you want your potential customers to be able to do – buy online, book a test drive or reserve a table?

• Know exactly what you want the website to be found for.

It’s easier (and cheaper) for a web designer to build a site with your industry, search terms, type of content in mind at the outset rather than have to change it or modify it after launch

• Mobile first

When looking at designs/layouts, look at the mobile view first… too many of your customers use a mobile phone for it not to be your ‘default’ view

• Go Pro

If in any doubt go with a reputable web design agency who can show you a portfolio of work from businesses like you… some things just shouldn’t be left to mates from the pub.

We have some experience in this area; we’ve got quite good at making websites that work for businesses – websites that drive results. If you want to know more, contact us on 03331 365390 or email hello@archantlocalimpact.co.uk

Take a swing for charity fundraiser

Simona Southgate, Parkinson’s UK Regional Fundraiser in London, writes:

If you love a game of golf then why not pitch in for a good cause this year?

Par for Parkinson’s is a fundraiser that gives you the opportunity to create your own golfing event to raise vital funds for charity Parkinson’s UK. Whether you want to organise a golf competition, take on a Three Course Challenge, or hold a golf quiz night, there’s something for all golf fans.

The money raised for Par for Parkinson’s will fund charity Parkinson’s UK’s research to help find a cure and improve the lives of people with Parkinson’s. Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition that affects 145,000 people in the UK, including an estimated 12,270 people in London.

Parkinson’s UK is the leading charity driving better care, treatments and quality of life for those with the condition. Its mission is to find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson’s through cutting edge research, information, support and campaigning.

To find out how you can take part in Par for Parkinson’s and make a difference then please visit: parkinsons.org.uk/golf



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