The latest figures from the NHS show that at the end of September 2021, there were 52,589 people on the waiting list at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust. 1077 of these people had been waiting for more than a year for an appointment.
A playgroup/pre-school in Rainham that was founded in 1971 is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Brenda Dorman, the original founder of Chandlers Chatters playgroup/pre-school, was inspired to open a playgroup because of her own children. Once she found a setting, she had to become qualified to be able to run the group, so attended afternoon sessions in childcare to get her qualifications. 50 years on and Sue Allen (who has managed the school for the past four years but worked there for many more) has also seen her own children attend the school.