NEWS: 5 things that happened on Change.org this week
1. Mo Farah for a Knighthood
44,000 signed Charlie Lennox’s petition saying Olympian Mo Farah should receive a Knighthood.
The 33-year-old British long-distance runner bagged his latest two gold medals at Rio 2016 for the 10,000 metres and 5,000m men’s races.
Seconds after Farah’s win in the 5,000m on Sunday (August 21), BBC commentator Brendan Foster, who won bronze in the 10,000m at the 1976 Montreal Games, said: ‘You’ve got to think about what he’s done – I think one of the greatest distance runners the world’s ever seen. Arise Sir Mo.’
Charlie took Foster’s comment to heart and you can read more about his campaign here.
2. Big names back Fabric nightclub campaign
East London fixture, Fabric, which opened in 1999, had its licence withdrawn for 28 days by Islington Council following two drug-related deaths of 18-year-old men at Fabric within nine weeks of each other.
The club’s promoter Jacob Husley who said: “Closing a club such as Fabric would be an incredibly short-sighted response to a complex problem”, started a petition to save it signed by over 70,000 people.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has also said he would work with with the council and police to ensure a safe environment for clubbers.
3. Lifeguards for Camber Sands
Over 7,000 people signed Josie’s petition for lifeguards on Camber Sands during the summer months when she claims there are only beach patrols.
Her petition was started on July 24 – one month before five men died in the sea at Camber Sands on Wednesday (August 24). Three of the five men were pulled from the water on Wednesday afternoon, while two more bodies were found later, the BBC reported.
Writing on her Change.org petition Josie said: “Camber sands gets unbelievably busy during summer time they have beach patrol but no lifeguards.
“After the serious incident that has recently happened this should be a good reason to have lifeguards like they do in Bournemouth, due to the amount of people that go to the beach and I feel it could save lives”.
4. Victory for #FreePat campaign
Ex SAS para Pat Patterson walked free after 161,000 signed a petition started by The Sun’s defence editor.
Pat was jailed for keeping a war trophy pistol seized during the Falklands War. His family took their petition to Downing Street in April and earlier this week the 65-year-old walked through the prison gates into his daughter’s arms.
Within minutes of his release Pat, who was joined ex-wife Debs, 55, toasted his freedom with a pint of Guinness in a nearby pub, declaring: “You don’t know how long I have waited for this.”
5. Couple hit out at help to buy ISA scheme
It turns out that a hidden clause in the small print of the government’s flagship policy designed to help first-time buyers onto the housing ladder, prevents savers from using the scheme for their initial deposit.
Stuart Melvin and his fiance opened an ISA before they knew this. Now he’s campaigning for the scheme to be amended.
Writing on his petition he says: “we have all been conned. The Government have gone back on their word, and now say the scheme cannot be used for a deposit! The banks seem stunned and the rest of us are reeling.
“This is outrageous and must be reversed. I am calling on the Chancellor Philip Hammond MP to reverse this decision and do the right thing for the 500,000 people who have been misled”.