Four years ago Ellis Holtom, of Stratford-upon-Avon, was born with half a working heart. Later, the Herald featured his condition as a tribute to the work of Birmingham Children’s Hospital where he was treated. Now, to mark Congenital Heart Defect Week his mum, Vicki, updates his story. . .
ALL 326 local planning authorities in England, councils like Stratford-on-Avon District, need a local plan. The core strategy is a component of that local plan. It contains all the local district wide policies that need to be considered when processing planning applications. New development needs to satisfy local needs, helping to realise the hopes and ambitions of its communities and protect them from situations they fear. New homes and places to work should provide then with a healthy lifestyle, a pleasant place to live, good recreational facilities and above all the infrastructure that enhances their quality of life. The buzzword to describe this is ‘sustainable’.
THE poor are paying more than they should be for their energy, according to damning new evidence from Stratford-upon-Avon’s Citizens Advice Bureau. Prepayment meters (PPMs) are costing users in fuel poverty a “disproportionate amount” for what little gas and electricity they can afford, the bureau has found. There are around 7.2 million people on prepayment meters in the UK and several thousand in the district of Stratford. Despite Stratford’s reputation as an affluent area, the bureau is being forced to come to the aid of more and more people living in fuel poverty on an increasingly regular basis.
AN OFFICIAL paving stone commemorating Stratford-upon-Avon’s forgotten war hero for the 100th anniversary of the First World War will be placed in the town, the government has confirmed. Rex Warneford – the first man to single-handedly shoot down a zeppelin - was ignored in the government’s initial plans to recognise Victoria Cross winners because he was born abroad in India. The Herald launched a campaign, together with King Edward VI school, where Rex lived and studied for five years, to get the fighter pilot recognised.
AN INSPIRATIONAL teenager who ran the London Marathon on Sunday in memory of both her parents said it was one of the best days of her life.
Last summer Eve Beecham decided with her dad to run the marathon in memory of her mum Rachel, who three years ago lost a long battle with breast cancer when she was just 45.
Then, two weeks before the Ilmington girl’s 18th birthday last year her 56-year-old father Hugh suddenly collapsed and died on a cycle ride. She was now running the marathon in memory of both of them.
“It was one of the best days of my life, it was incredible,” she told the Herald afterwards.
“Despite all the crowds there it just felt I was running with them and no one else there mattered apart from me and my parents.”
Eve completed Sunday’s marathon in 5 hours 20 minutes but she took a leisurely pace on purpose.
“Mile 19 was a bit tricky, and so was mile 23, but the rest of the race was pretty nice,” she said.
“I took it quite slowly because I wanted to savour the day. I really enjoyed the last few miles.”
Eve had her sisters, school friends, and next door neighbours supporting her on the day but her story inspired a wave of donations.
The Chipping Campden school student raised a staggering £8,000 for Cancer Research UK, smashing her fundraising target. (You can donate here.)
“I can’t believe it, it’s incredible,” she said, thanking all who sponsored her.
Although she’s going to keep running, Eve said her marathon days are over.
She’s now got to concentrate on her A-Levels, and her first exam is just two weeks away.
Jessica Saunders, a 20-year-old student from Temple Grafton, had to be carried over the line on Sunday by strangers.
Raising nearly £1,000 for Arthritis Care in memory of her nan, her body gave up on her when the finish line was in sight.
Jessica Saunders is held up by friend Ryan Davies after finishing the marathon.
“It was painful, very very painful. I managed to do 4 hours 17, but the heat was just horrible,” said Jess, who works at Jack Wills in Stratford when she’s not studying at Oxford Brookes University.
“I collapsed 30 metres before the line. I did finish but two guys had to pick me up and help me over.”
Stratford-upon-Avon's Henrietta Stanley, 24, and Zoe Lucock, 21, were also running in their first marathon.
Raising £5,000 for MS Society because Henrietta’s dad suffers from Multiple Sclerosis, the two girls were delighted to complete the marathon in under five hours.
“It was hard, it was really really hard,” admitted Henrietta, who injured her knee in the 16th mile but despite stopping four times for treatment, made it to the end.
“People say the crowd pulls you along, it doesn’t. It was so hard.” (Donate here.)
Zoe Lucock and Henrietta Stanley show off their medals.
Claverdon 70-year-old Dave Phillips completed his 436th marathon in five and half hours, and has now raised over £75,000 for The Brain and Spine Foundation.
His achievement was more impressive this time around because he’s recently had to have a detached retina operated on.
“It affected me when people kept bumping into me on the left because I couldn’t see them!” he said.
Striving for 500 marathons, Dave will be running in his 32nd consecutive Shakespeare marathon in Stratford on 27th April.
Dave Phillips, left, after completing his 436th marathon.
Katherine Burge, a solicitor with Stratford firm Lodders, is counting the cash – plus the aches and pains – after completing the marathon in 5 hrs 5 mins.
She raised more than £3,800 for the firm’s chosen charity, the Heart of England Community Foundation, in her fast and last marathon.
She said: “The crowd were amazing – they helped get me round especially as it was a lot hotter than I had expected.
“It made up for all the tough training on dark, wet and windy days through winter.
“I have ticked it off my bucket list but I won’t be doing it again!”
Stratford Athletic Club member Richard Welburn completed the marathoni n 3hrs 0mins and 17secs in memory of his daughter Lily who died in 2009.
He raised £800 for Sands – the stillbirth and neonatal death charity.
Richard Welburn after finishing the Marathon.