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.
A MAN who grew up in Wellesbourne, is training to run the London Marathon in April for Meningitis Now—a charity close to his heart, as his fiancée will suffer with meningitis for the rest of her life.
Daniel Stokes, aged 27, a former pupil of Alveston CE Primary School and Kineton High School, has a ballot place for the 26.2-mile event.
Daniel, a credit controller in the accounts department at Valpak on Stratford Business and Technology Park, in Banbury Road, said: “I thought I would make the most of this opportunity and run on behalf of a charity close to my heart.
“In December 2009, my fiancée Meg was diagnosed with meningitis, a disease which, back then, I knew nothing about.”
He said that Meg, who is now 24, overcame it but in October 2011 she was diagnosed with viral meningitis and was back in hospital again.
Daniel, who is a member of Stratford Leisure Centre, used to play football for FC Stratford, and now plays for Coventry United, continued: “Meg had viral meningitis, and for unforeseen circumstances will battle with this disease for the rest of her life.
“The disease lives in the fluid around her spine and brain and she can suffer with symptoms at any time.”
He added: “Currently we have everything in hand with medication and touch wood Meg has been clear of hospital for just over two years now.”
The couple, who live in Redditch, met at Apex Credit Management, in Stratford, and Meg now works in finance at a company in Studley.
As part of his training, Daniel is set to take part in the 13.1-mile Reading Half Marathon, on 2nd March, which will be his first-ever competitive run.
So far Daniel has raised around £400 of his £1,000 fundraising target. To make a donation visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/danielstokes