Leeds today: hospitals, sailing, altruism and secret gardens

The Save Our Surgery campaign has been hit by the MP for Newcastle East, Nick Brown, who has claimed that the campaign is a political issue. The YEP reports that Leeds MPs have had to point out that MPs from all parties have been trying to keep the children’s heart unit at the LGI open. In an ideal world each specialist unit would be able to stay open as each enjoys particular strengths; nobody wants to see this sort of unit close except for those who only think in terms of data or cost units, instead of people.

The Telegraph and Argus has a story on the proposed closure of part of the Wharfdale hospital. The elderly care ward is the last in the area to offer 24-hour care to geriatric patients and campaigners who feel the ward needs to stay open also worry that the closure could also lead to the rest of the hospital being shut down.

Campaign co-ordinator Charlie McEwan said: “I encourage everyone to add their name to this petition to support Wharfedale Hospital. “If we value its future we are going to have to make sure our voices are heard If everyone can sign this petition it will give a very, very clear message that we as a community are not prepared to let our hospital be destroyed.”

Disabled children and adults were given a taste of sailing yesterday at Yeadon Tarn, says the Yorkshire Post. The sailing centre there, which has a series of small boats specially adapted for people with disabilities, is launching a new outdoor sailing club for disabled children and young adults with lessons in five-week blocks.

It is World Blood Donor day today; the Blood Donor service has set up some tents and gazebos in Millennium Square where you can get more information about giving blood and register ro be a donor. Please pop along – just follow the red carpets.

The Carnegie Pavilion at Headingley has been given an award in building excellence, says the Yorkshire Post. Local residents have told BGL that they think the new pavilion is an “eyesore” that has “nothing to do with the area in which it sits”. Do you agree? Have your say in the comments.

Saturday’s Beeston Festival was a success, reports the YEP. The festival, which has enjoyed dry weather on the day it was held for the last seven years, attracted a lot of people and volunteers from all across the area.

Discussion group Leeds Salon is having a debate on valuing the arts on June 22nd at the Carriageworks. Including Cllr Adam Ogilvie, the discussion aims to ask the following:

“[…] how should we value the arts? Are the arts a luxury or a necessity? Do they have intrinsic value or are they best assessed in terms of outcome and impact? Does what the public think they want or like matter or should we fund the arts regardless? Do the arts even need or deserve public funding at all?”

Tonight sees Cafe Scientifique discuss Altruism – Evolution, Co-operation and Rationality at The Suburban Style Bar, on Stainbeck Lane, Chapel Allerton, 8pm. From a sociological perspective altruism is not necessarily the best way of a population surviving, but we do it anyway. This discussion asks why.

The Leeds Savages writing group is meeting tomorrow (Weds) in the upstairs room at the Packhorse in Leeds City Centre. More details on their website. East Street Arts is putting on an evening showing of Robert Todd’s Golden Hour on Thursday.

Leeds Hackspace is planning a trip by boat to Thwaite Mills on Sunday. The Mill itself is playing host to an exhibit called WWII Operation Continuance, about the war effort in Leeds.

In the Blogs, Bake Lady makes a multi-layered citrus cake that sounds incredible, Elly Snare takes a look at the Leeds foodie scene, asking “what questions you want me to ask the Leeds Loves Food team at the blogger discussion?” and Holt Park today finds a secret garden on it’s doorstep.

Finally, homeless charity Simon on the Streets is having a Q&A with their senior support worker Jamie Ross; do you have any questions about the work that they do? They would love questions to be sent to their twitter account, which they’ll try to answer in a blog post.

Tomorrow: zombies! And a quick look at the reaction from Yorkshire Telly’s first live broadcast. If you have something to say on these (or any other) topics then please do so! Email or twitter, or comment below. We love to hear your views.

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