Had to go and get lots of jabs! Looking after international development means I’ll be spending some time sharing territory with mosquitoes and worse – so immunisation is the order of the day. I go off to the Royal Free, which has a really helpful travel clinic. I gladly wait beyond my appointment time to let in a gentleman in a wheelchair who is late for his appointment (the one before mine) because he has not been able to park. Pay attention Royal Free – people in wheelchairs either need more spaces allocated or they need to be offered appointments at less busy times of the day.
The unlucky man had had to literally just leave the car somewhere on the street and wheel himself up (and the Royal Free is on a bit of a hill) to get to the main entrance. The clinic was good with him and for his next appointment have arranged an early one – but that shouldn’t be done only after an experience like that.
So – today I am replete with yellow fever and meningitis jabs and next week its tetanus, diphtheria, polio and something else I’ve forgotten. I have my malaria tablets, insect repellent (one that apparently dissolves plastic) and a tummy upset kit (polite phrasing.! So – I will be prepared!
But the event of today was visiting Spurs. I am there to launch a new sort of ‘get kids off the streets’ programme where Spurs as part of their new inclusion unit works with the local community to combat crime.
As I said to the kids from Noel Park (who are the first up for this new venture) I get lots of complaints about kids playing football on the streets – and here at last is a good idea with somewhere they can play legitimately AND with Spurs. No better partner. All of the credit really goes to the police – and more particularly Noel Park Safer Neighbourhood Team who have put this all together. Congrats to Andy and the team!
The Noel Park crew arrived and after extremely brief speeches from Spurs, me, a councillor and the police – it was on to the main menu.
Star footballer Hossam Ghaly was there to hand out the new kit to the team and then – when they got into their kit – knock a ball around with them. One of my colleagues from the constituency, Matt Davies (Lib Dem councillor for Fortis Green) had kindly come to take the photos – and I could see in his eyes the envy of these kids getting to play with a Spurs footballer. Matt is an avid Spurs fan (which is probably why he volunteered to come and take the shots)!