OPINION; Our proud name is safe

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The esteem in which this city’s Made In Sheffield trademark is held was all too apparent earlier this year when fears were raised it could lose its status as a protected name.

Business leaders, MPs and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg spoke out against about the plans and we launched a campaign attracting support from across the region. Now, final confirmation has arrived that the prestigious brand will retain its special protection. People may comment on Sheffield’s diminished industries, but products made here are still coveted the world over for their quality. It is a superb victory and ensures the Made In Sheffield name cannot be used on cheap imitations for generations to come.

Money well deserved

It is appreciated that funding is tight and that the abolition of Community Assemblies meant some casualties among local groups and activities were inevitable. But it came as a bitter blow to members of Woodhouse’s Get Fit While You Sit class when a city council representative visited in April, bearing the news that no more money was available. However, the determined pensioners persevered and have just won a successful bid for £2,000 from the Big Lottery Fund, securing the fitness sessions’ future for another year. Well done to all of the group members - a fine success all round.

Lifesaving knowledge

What a distressing ordeal Jo Holmes experienced. For 18 months doctors had difficulties diagnosing her with womb cancer, despite her excruciating pain and symptoms worsening. Now the mum-of-two is thankfully in remission, and wants to raise awareness of a condition which claims the lives of 2,000 women every year. Her advice is clear - be aware of the signs and don’t hesitate to raise concerns or doubts. It could save your life.