Youngsters get active help

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SHEFFIELD’S education professionals will not be the only people paying close attention to a project being tried out at a city primary school. Every parent across Sheffield also ought to be keen to see Project He:Ro pay dividends and be taken up by their children’s school.

Woodseats Primary school is the first in Sheffield to appoint a health mentor who will encourage children to become more active and combat the growing scourge of obesity.

It is hoped that by doing this children will, in later life, avoid the many health dangers associated with being overweight. For it is shown that inactivity at an early age can cause more problems for the health service than smoking, alcohol abuse and obesity combined.

Under the project, children will have someone work directly with them and show them how to lead more active lives – lessons which it is hoped will follow them as they grow older.

This has all the makings of being a pathfinding project and we hope children and parents give it all the support possible.

Victims of city Blitz remembered

THE idea to create a lasting archive recording the horror of the Sheffield Blitz is long overdue and we wish the project every success.

More than 70 years ago, swarms of bombers pounded Sheffield with a shower of bombs, destroying large sections of the city centre and wrecking hundreds of homes. In total, more than 2,000 people died and the lives of many more were changed forever.

Now a Sheffield Blitz Memorial Trail is being launched though the long-term aim is for a permanent archive somewhere in the city as a reminder of the horrors of the Blitz.

We wish the project well.

Tuneful memories

MUSIC is unlocking the past for dementia sufferers courtesy of South Yorkshire charity Lost Chord.

For the organisation employs professional musicians to sing and play at residential homes and daycare centres across the county and beyond, with remarkable results.

They find that a familiar tune can ignite a spark of recognition among men and women who have otherwise been lost in the grip of dementia.

But Lost Chord needs volunteers to help it provide this remarkable service and we join them in appealing for readers to step forward and help.

We are sure the rewards will provide ample compensation for anyone who wants to help others.