Great designs for hospital

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THE pieces are beginning to come together for Sheffield Children’s Hospital’s £40m expansion.

We are now able to exclusively reveal the six architects’ designs, one of which will be chosen to move off the drawing board and into reality.

Managers at the hospital have assembled a panel of hospital staff, governors and parents, guided by an architecture expert from Sheffield University to choose the winning design.

Their all-inclusive approach should be applauded. In one fell swoop they should have eliminated any chance for people to criticise the eventual design that is selected.

We have every confidence the right design befitting the development will be chosen.

Don’t run away from your debts

SUPPORT agencies are reporting increasing numbers of people calling them because they are falling deep into debt.

Some organisations are saying they are witnessing the number of calls rising by around 25 per cent and this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Once the bills start coming in after Christmas, that volume of calls will rise even more steeply with people realising they cannot pay of the debts.

More than 1,000 people have already taken out low-cost loans through South Yorkshire Credit Union, an increase of 25 per cent this year.

The Samaritans are reporting a rise in the number of debt-related calls and the Citizens’ Advice Bureau is telling a similar story.

But the key is not to run away from the problem - it won’t go away. All the agencies urge people to seek help as soon as they can.

No matter how desperate the debt may be, our story of a woman who has turned her £7,500 worth of bills around should provide some solace and hope.

She’s a fair cop

GOOD old-fashioned police work has paid dividends for Maggie Rozmus.

The Police Community Support Officer has a reassuring manner and a friendly smile. These two qualities have helped people feel safer in the Tinsley neighbourhood where she works.

Maggie also uses her Polish background to help people from her home country feel at ease here. She says her job is great because she can help other people. With such an attitude it is not surprising that the 32-year-old has been crowned Sheffield PCSO of the year by South Yorkshire Police. Well done Maggie, you are a credit to the force.