Si,-May 1, with your permission, thank all who have responded to my Weal (CATHOLIC HERALD. February 7) for hospitality arid financial aid on behalf of children from Austria and other distressed areas of Europe. Already £60 has been donated an over thirty offers have been made to receive an Austrian child as an eight weeks' guest.
The intensely cold weather which has gripped Europe during this last month will bring particular suffering to thousands of children weakened in health under conditions of war, and I am very grateful to the many merciful persons who have offered to help the Reception Committee V.P.O.C. to extend relief ' to these young unfortunates, The shattering of the normal development of children during their vital formative early years, by the shocks and deprivations of the war period, is a tragedy not only for those immediately concerned, but for the future peace of the world. To prevent these ill effects from being aggravated, and as a means to providing a normalising influence in the lives of these children, I know of no more effective treatment than to remove them from the environment which they associate with the times and scenes of misery and loss, and to make available a generous. welcome " as one of the family" in a British hOme.
mammy MURRAY, Hon. Secretary.
High Wycombe Reception Committee, 'Young People from Occupied Counries, Green End, Redline, rm. High Wycombe, Bucks.