As a regular blood donor I can confirm that donor centres are open and that travelling to give blood is classed as essential travel (Letters, 2 December). Slight changes have been introduced to ensure safety during the pandemic, but what is unchanged is the lovely NHS staff and the great choice of snacks afterwards.
• The Treasury stands to get a supermarket cashback of £2bn (Where Tesco leads on business rates relief, others should follow, 2 December). It should hand it straight to the 3 million self-employed who have received not a penny’s worth of government support in the past eight months.
• To be fair to Denton station (Britain’s least used railway station served just 42 passengers in 2019, 1 December), it is a parliamentary service (legal fiction) and has only two trains on a Saturday: the 08.56 from Stalylbridge to Stockport, and the return one hour later – leaving just enough time to buy the Guardian and get a coffee at Stockport.
Furness Vale, Derbyshire
• The headline of your long read (3 December) calls the death of 66 fans at Ibrox in 1971 “football’s forgotten tragedy”. Not forgotten in Scotland, I don’t think.
• In Michigan you can ascend to Paradise from Hell (or descend from, into) via the Mackinac bridge (Letters, 3 December).