Nobody wins pillow fight

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A MUM-to-be has more to remember than most of us forget in a lifetime as she prepares for baby’s arrival. There are so many must-haves needed for the big day, the list can seem daunting.

But Jennifer Dunstan-Furniss was asked to get one item she had never bargained for. A pillow.

She has nothing but praise for the staff at the Jessop Wing, who helped her through a difficult birth to safely deliver her second child, Rio. But she was appalled to learn that the hospital was lacking such basic supplies as pillows.

Jennifer points out that when you are feeding, especially if you have been ill, you need a pillow to support the baby. Bosses at the hospital say they try to ensure an adequate supply - but stocks keep going missing.

This is a pillow fight which nobody wins. More vigilance is needed from all concerned. And more pillows!

Living proof why we must not forget

THE years have taken their toll on Sheffield’s veterans of the D-Day landings.

But time cannot dim the pride which went on parade alongside the 20 remaining members of the Normandy Veterans’ Association when they staged a memorial in Barkers Pool.

They lined up in quiet dignity to remember those young men who joined them in the decisive moment in the war in Europe, 1944, but did not come home, victims of the horrors of war.

As we turn our eyes yet once more to a theatre of war where young men and women are serving their country in the face of danger, we could all learn a lesson from the veterans.

They are living proof that we should never forget.

Came at a cost

SURELY the Tories have better things to do than insist that officials go ferreting about in dusty corners to work out who spent what on the Building Schools for the Future programme.

After coming up with their findings, the party in power triumphantly named and attempted to shame Sheffield City Council as a spendthrift authority by disclosing that they had spent more than £29 million of the programme’s budget on administration.

However, what they failed to point out was that this could be easily explained as the price of the city helping set the ground rules for the building programme elsewhere.

As a pioneer in the scheme, Sheffield was able to set the ground rules for other councils to follow. And considering the scale of the project, it is inevitable that this exercise would come at a cost.

What is more, Sheffield’s work could be argued to have saved money for others. We are disappointed the Conservative Party feels it necessary to cause councils to incur further costs furnishing information which shows very little.