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Our say: Evening Gazette Monday.

For the sake of our very poorly children it is essential Butterwick Hospice is kept up and running. And this is something we can all play a part in.

The hospice appeal for the public to plug a big gap in funding is one which will, hopefully, be heeded by the generous folk of Teesside.

But in the longer term there needs to be more support from Government too.

It is ludicrous that adult hospices receive 35pc of their funding from the State, while children's hospices get 5pc.

A spokesman from the Health Department has said that from next year an overhaul will lead to the local strategic health authority being responsible for paying Butterwick, and similar hospices, to care for children.

That's a commitment we welcome, and we will watch to see when, and how, it is implemented.

But that doesn't help now. And the funding fight must go on - with the loss of pounds 145,000 a year to be filled.

Anyone who feels they can help should be encouraged to do so.

The wonderful work carried out at the Butterwick Hospice must be treasured and preserved.

Every single child who goes to the hospice needs - and deserves - it.

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PROBLEMS with new bus timetables are hitting entire communities, from Lazenby to Kirkleatham Almshouses.

People in parts of Teesside complain of struggling to get to work, of children having difficulty getting to school, of pensioners being 'cut off'.

Many people are better served by the new structures, a few are not.

But whatever the economics, or driving forces, behind the provision of services, surely the situation now needs Arriva, the local authorities and other relevant agencies to sit around a table and see how these folk, who are suffering most, can be better served.
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Title Annotation:News Local
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:May 29, 2006
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