Observer Comment: A life could have been saved

EVERYONE knows the importance of carrying a registered Donor Card. Everyone knows how precious life is.

But does everyone know that there is no guarantee your loved one’s dying wish will always be honoured?

Stuart Mann wanted to give someone else the chance of life after his death.

His widow Sarah could not have acted any quicker than she did in filling in consent forms to get the process under way.

Stuart died in a hospital in London but the police say they were unable to raise local coroner Alan Craze.

It is beyond belief in this day and age that such a simple act can have such a major impact on life.

In a modern world of 24/7 technology and communications, there can be no excuse for two official bodies to get hold of each other quickly and efficiently.

It would have even been quicker for a police officer to drive round and knock on the door of Mr Craze’s home, office or even his coroner’s officer on call duty.

Mr Mann’s widow was devastated at the time and is anxious that lessons are learned and this never happens again.

There can be no more disappointing feeling in the world than knowing you could have saved somebody’s life.


THE Wonky WI, is the town’s newest Women’s Institute and yet is already the most popular, and its unusual name is a reflection of its unusual membership.

Word spread quickly, aided by social networking site Facebook, that a progressive Women’s Institute was in the making, and the attendance at the inaugural meeting in St Leonards, way surpassed the expectations of the organisers.

It is as if many local women had been waiting for a suitable outlet for their ideas and creativity. Yes, they like crafts, but they also like campaigning on a variety of issues, and do so passionately.

Some had previously tried other WIs, but found the more traditional set-up unappealing, while others had never even considered the WI as a possibility. “It’s just not something you think of doing,” was one explanation.

Wonky WI are not alone. Across the country a new wave of progressive and modern WIs is springing up, many with a much lower average age of members than has previously been the case.

It seems as if the WI is changing with the times.