Help a child read and change their life

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In the letters section this week there is an appeal to help a children’s charity, a thank you to a blood donors and a complaint about the state of a residential road.

from Jane Rendle

Would you like to help a child to read and change their life for ever?

ARCh (Assisted Reading for Children) is a local registered charity (1124632) which operates in Oxfordshire primary schools to help children who are struggling with reading.

ARCh Reading Helpers visit their designated primary school twice a week during the school day and work one-to-one with three children chosen by the school.

The children may be chosen for a variety of reasons: their reading ability may be below average, they may be lacking in confidence or self-esteem or they may have English as an additional language.

All benefit enormously from two half-hour sessions working one-to-one with their volunteer each week.

No particular qualifications are required to become a volunteer, just an enjoyment of children’s company and children’s books and patience, enthusiasm and kindness.

The charity has schools in the Thame and Chinnor area waiting for volunteers to start in September.

Full training is provided as well as resources, ongoing support and reimbursement of travel expenses.

To find out more, visit the ARCh website Or email or telephone 01869 320380

Blood donors answer the call

Name and address supplied

I would like to thank all our blood and platelet donors for their donations during April. Faced with two long holiday weekends in a row at the end of the month, we needed to build up blood stocks in advance.

We asked our donors to make a special effort to give blood and they certainly did. During April, with the help of regular donors and some new ones, our stock levels increased. This enabled us to continue to meet the needs of patients throughout the extended holidays.

To help us maintain the vital supply of blood to hospitals we need blood donors to donate regularly, up to three times a year, especially those who are O negative and B negative. New donors are always welcome, too.

First time donors should be aged between 17-65, weighing at least 50 kg (7 stone 12lbs) and in general good health. If you’ve donated before, you can start again up to your 70th birthday and there is no upper age limit for donors who have donated in the past two years. To book an appointment please call the donor line on 0300 123 23 23 or visit

Using our road? Best take a tank

Norma and Rex, Thame

Could someone from the council please tell me when they are going to do something about Nelson Street in Thame.

It’s in a disgusting state and if it gets any worse you will need a tank or a tractor to drive on it.

It looks like Fred Karno has been scratching about there but made it worse.

Anyone on a motorbike or push bike has got NO chance.

If all the money we spend on road fund licensing was used for roads we would have the best system in the world.

Your cash helps stop this cruelty

Jill P Meads, Animal Aid Collection Co-Coordinator

Animal Aid would like to thank the people of Thame for their generosity in raising £217.79 at a street collection on Saturday, June 4 2011.

The money will help fund our peaceful campaign and our important work on all aspects of animal cruelty.

For more information on how to prevent animal cruelty, please call Animal Aid on 01732 364546