Q&A: My Redbridge - fundraiser Shaz Hetherington

PUBLISHED: 17:00 12 October 2018

Shaz Hetherington

Shaz Hetherington has so far raised £30,000 for Brain Tumour Research in the name of her husband David, who died of a brain tumour at the age of 39.

What is your connection with Redbridge?

I have lived in Woodford Green for eight years. I

chose to live here as it is easy to commute into central London for work and jump on the M11 to visit family up north. It is also a great place to bring up children.

What’s the best thing about working or living in Redbridge?

Epping Forest is on our doorstep and it’s a great place for walks. The locals are so friendly and helpful...they break the stereotype that Londoners are miserable and don’t talk to each other!

What one thing would you change about the borough?

I’d eradicate dog dirt! We have loads of dogs due to the abundance of green space, however not all owners are as considerate as they could be about cleaning up after their dogs.

Use three words to describe the borough.

Cosmopolitan, green, friendly.

Who is the most inspiring person you know?

My late husband David whose life was cut short by a brain tumour almost two years ago. He was humble, caring, had such a positive impact on everyone he met and always made others smile.

He inspired me to set up a fundraising group called Power of David for Brain Tumour Research and we carry out fun, inclusive and easily accessible events to raise funds for the charity. In his memory we have raised over £30k for the charity to date.

What new law would you introduce if you were prime minister?

Nursing care homes would take patients based on need and not age. My husband was not accepted into any local care homes as he was 39 and licensing requirements limit their ability to accept only those aged 65 and over.

This is ageist and unjustified in my view.

If you were the editor of this paper, what issues in the borough would you focus on?

The lack of school places in the borough for children who live here. The street I live on is a blackspot for school places due to catchment areas having shrunk thanks to housing developments, so my children are forced to go to a school in a different borough.

I would highlight the need to consider school places before allowing any further housing developments in the area.

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