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Coronavirus and the Suburb

             David Littaur ponders Covid-19                                                       HGSRA Royal Free Appeal

                                                                                      The HGS RA appeal to raise money   hours that new target had also
                                                                                      for the Royal Free Charity Covid-19   been hit.
                                                                                      front line nursing staff launched   It has now doubled again to
                                                                                      with an E-News at 8pm on   £20,000 and at time of writing
                                                                                      Thursday 2 April and within 24   we are £4k away from reaching
                                                                                      hours had already exceeded the   this target. Thank you to the HGS
                                                                                      target set of £5,000 with HGS   generous residents and all those
                                                                                      RA matching funds donated.   amazing nursing staff who have
                                                                                         The RA then doubled their   made this such a great success.
                                                                                      matching funds to £10,000   And you can still donate to this
                                                                                      announced by the E-News on   wonderful appeal through  our
                                                                                      Sunday 5 April and within a few   website at

                                                                                      Some of the HGS residents’ messages on the Just Giving page for the Royal Free RA Appeal
                                                                                      Thank you to all incredible NHS and Care staff working tirelessly and putting themselves at risk for all of us.
                                                                                      We hope your contribution and worth is never again underestimated.
                                                                                      Our thoughts and prayers are with you as well as your families.
                                                                                      To all our wonderful NHS staff from all at the HGS Residents Association at this stressful time.
                                                                                      You’re all doing a brilliant job and we care about you too!
                                                                                      I am pleased to have the opportunity of helping our frontline heroes in the NHS. You didn’t sign up to put
                                                                                      yourself in harm’s way every day that you go to work. But that is exactly what you are doing. I salute you.
                                                                                      Our sincere thank you to all health care workers at the Royal Free Hospital. Thank you for your courage,
      David with his beloved wife, Joyce, on holiday in Lysefjord, Norway, 2015       strength and hard work caring for the community at this difficult time.
      My name is David Littaur. I am   years. I was a member of Consam   heartened by the great kindness   Thank you Doctors and nurses of the wonderful NHS for your selfless dedication in this global pandemic. Also
      94 years old and have been   for some years and served on   and care shown to me by so   all the hospital staff who have cared for me over the years a heartfelt thank you, Thank you, Thank you. Lets
      fortunate enough to live on the   the RA Executive Committee. I   many wonderful friends in this
      Suburb since 1998. Sadly, I lost   also edit the What’s On page of   lovely, green area of London.   hope you will be funded to do your work.
      my dear wife Joyce two years   Suburb News.              I am trying to be optimistic   To help all the frontline workers, support staff and patients at this difficult time. We are also so grateful to be
      ago, having enjoyed a happy   My other activity was to run   about the future and would like   able to match fund our gift with the HGSRA.
      marriage for 70 years.     and  introduce,  in  turn with   to follow the advice and example
         I participated in our local   other  colleagues,  an  hour  of   of Marcus Aurelius. He said: “If   We are so lucky to have the NHS. A big thank you to all the wonderful NHS staff for their hard work, dedication
      events from the time of our   classical music on disc on Friday   you are distressed by anything   and compassion - looking after all of us without regard to themselves.
      arrival  here  and  joined  the   afternoons, in Fellowship House.  external, the pain you feel is not   Keep going Royal Free Hospital. We need you. A BIG THANKS.
      Residents Association and the   The current virus crisis facing   due to the thing itself, but to
      Proms committee. I sat on the   the world is the last thing I   your estimate of it. This is in your
      RA Council and chaired the   expected to experience, especially   power to revoke at any moment.”  Community Action Response
      Events Committee for about 20   in my old age. However, I am       DAVID LITTAUR

      Poems for Our Time

      I think I will go on an outing tonight
      Tho warned to stay in, I think it’s all right.
      It isn’t too far, and it will make a break
      From self-isolation for heaven’s sake
      An evening of freedom is just what one needs
      After constant handwashing and doing good deeds
      Oh yes, I will do this, for I have no fear
      The only problem is what shall I wear?
      High heels or flat shoes? I think it’s all right                                The  neighbourhood  website   local  support  services  or  Covid-19. Sign post them to the
      As long as it isn’t too long or too tight.                             has been full of   donating to food banks to help.   correct advice from Public
      I must wear my new off-the-shoulder sequin                                      heart -warming offers of help   5. Share accurate information   Health England and encourage
      When I proudly take out my Barnet blue bin!                                     and kindness and Nextdoor has   and advice: Support anyone   people  to  follow  the  correct
                                                                                      joined forces with the Eden   who may be anxious about   hygiene practices.
      Grosspoems 2020
                                                                                      Project  Communities,  The
                                                                                      National Lottery Community
      The Lord sent us Coronavirus                                                    Fund, Neighbourhood Watch,   Become part of
      With the obvious intention to tire us                                           Campaign to End Loneliness
      To banish all woes                                                              and Eco Attractions Group to   the community
      Just take out your hose                                                         launch the Community Action
      And wash the car – also the tir-es                                              Response to encourage everyone   If you’d like to join the Suburb community, please complete and
                                                                                      to do what they can to support   return the form below or join online at Our Privacy Policy
      Malcolm Brahams                                                                                              can be viewed at
                                                                                      their neighbours and particularly
                                                                                      vulnerable and isolated people           MEMBERSHIP FORM
                                                                                      during Coronavirus (Covid-19)
          Aylmer Parade Vet                           Aylmer Parade Vet is new to     pandemic.                    One subscription covers everyone at the address for a calender year
                                                      Hampstead Garden Suburb, but
                                                                                                                   I/We would like to join the HGS Residents Association.
                                                                                      FIVE THINGS YOU CAN DO
                                                      is the sister practice of the well-  1.  Think of others, consider
               modern medicine, traditional values                                                                 Name
                                                      established Mill Lane Vet in West   your actions & be kind: People   Address
                                                      Hampstead.                      in every community will face
                                                                                      the challenges of Covid-19 in                            Postcode
                                                                                      some way – from needing basic
                                                      Dr Joshua Rusnak has looked after   provisions to help while they   Email
                                                      the health of Northwest London’s   are unwell.               Phone
                                                      pets for over twenty years. He   2. Connect and reach out to     Subscription amount (Minimum payment £15) ....£
                                                      maintains the same dedication to   your neighbours: as self-isolation   Fellowship donation* (Optional) ...................................£
                                                                                      increases, we need to find new
                                                      providing independent, professional   ways  to  stay  connected  and   (To support Fellowship, a Suburb charity, in its work for Suburb senior citizens)
                                                      care of the highest standard for   check in on one another for our   Total ..................................................................................................£
                                                      your pet.                       physical and mental wellbeing.   * I declare by making this donation that I want to Gift Aid my donations to
                                                                                      Share phone numbers and stay   Fellowship House and am a UK taxpayer paying sufficient tax to meet the Gift
                                                                                      in touch.                    Aid on my donation. I agree to Fellowship receiving my details for this purpose.
                                                      We have our own laboratory in   3. Make the most of local online   (Delete the above declaration if you do not wish to Gift Aid your donation or do
                                                      the practice, with state of the art   groups: Keep up to date, share   not pay sufficient tax)
                                                      equipment on site. This allows us to   information and be a positive   I wish to pay:
                                                      make accurate assessments of your   part of your local community     by cheque (payable to HGS Residents Association). Please write
                                                      pet’s illness, in most cases without   conversations using platforms   your address on the back of the cheque and send with this form to
                                                                                      like Nextdoor.
                                                      the need to go to a referral centre.   4. Support vulnerable or isolated   the address below.
                                                      Our modern X-ray facility and high-  people: different groups in our     online via PayPal or with Credit or Debit Card – visit
               17 Aylmer Parade, London, N2 0PE       level expertise, means we can carry   communities are at increased     by bank transfer to HGS Residents Association:
                                                                                                                   Bank: HSBC, 897 Finchley Road, NW11 7NX Sort Code: 40-03-11
                     out even specialised techniques   risk and social isolation and   Account number: 91605747
                       020 3935 8811                  when needed to help diagnosis.  loneliness are key concerns for   Please return this form to: The Membership Secretary, HGS Residents
                                                                                      all ages. There are things you
                                                                                      can do like volunteering for   Association, PO Box 67700, London NW11 1NS.  (SN142)
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