LETTER: More railings are needed

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I am writing following the letter from Mrs E. Carter of Windermere Crescent, Worthing, in your edition of March 2, to say I also had a fall recently, outside a hotel in The Steyne in Worthing, on February 14, just as I was arriving for a meal with some friends from a local friendship group.

I went down on a step having stumbled, missed my footing and went down.

I sustained two black eyes, some bruising on a hand and one arm, but nothing was broken, fortunately.

As your correspondent said, so for me, I was helped to my feet and taken by car to Worthing Hospital where, I am pleased to say nothing was found to be broken and the following day a local optician confirmed my eyesight was not affected.

Due to the state of my eyes I attracted a lot of attention but all were very kind and much concerned for my welfare. The concern from so many people was really moving. I would like to thank all concerned – even now, two or three weeks later, people are still looking and remarking on the improvement I have shown. It is remarkable, the reaction.

In writing this letter, not only do I wish to thank so many people for their kindness and consideration, but to mention that perhaps more could be done to provide railings in more public places, for people to grab when they fall.

I have noticed in certain areas – the promenade and the steps outside the Guildbourne Centre in Worthing – there are steps but the railings are only at either side, not in a central spot as well. If you fall on these steps, what do you grab for support? The balcony at the Assembly Hall, Worthing, is another where railings are sparse.

I wonder if consideration could be given to providing a few more railings in strategic places around town – particularly on steps, particularly for the older generation, but they would sure help all, not matter what their age.

Robert Shawcross

Park Road

Worthing

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