Times letters: RISE and World Cancer Day

PUBLISHED: 08:30 26 January 2020

Crowds at RISE, the launch of London Borough of Culture Brent 2020. Picture: NATHALIE RAFFRAY

Crowds at RISE, the launch of London Borough of Culture Brent 2020. Picture: NATHALIE RAFFRAY


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

Inspired by RISE event

Nasir Sadique, Wembley, writes:

I watched RISE at Wembley the other night with my young family and I'm happy to say it was a very proud moment.

Brent has much to be proud of and Wembley is just part of it. There is much more to the culture and its people than this magnificent stadium.

I really hope 2020 in Brent, and other London boroughs, can be a force for change. Shifting the focus from crime and disorder to opportunity and progression.

I'm not trying to ignore the problems in our neighbourhoods, particularly around knife crime, gangs and drugs. But if we don't have robust and early intervention, followed by a path for these young people to take we are facing a losing battle.

I was particularly pleased to hear my children ask about the Grunwick strike as we went home.

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Brent Borough of Culture will prove to be a great subject for children to learn about in school and parents should engage in the events throughout the year to inspire their children.

Collect cash for cancer charity

Helen Lam, CLIC Sargent, fundraising and engagement manager, London, writes:

World Cancer Day 2020, on February 4, is a great time to raise funds and vital awareness for children and young people with cancer.

Cancer doesn't care about your education, your plans, your future. It can turn up at any time.

That's why CLIC Sargent is here to stop it destroying young lives.

Doing bucket collections is fun and rewarding - especially when you do it with friends.

Why not show your support and sign up at or call our supporter engagement team who will be happy to help on 0300 330 0803.

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