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Petition to save All Hallows Healthcare Trust passes 5,000 signatures

PUBLISHED: 13:55 25 March 2019 | UPDATED: 13:55 25 March 2019

All Hallows Healthcare Hospital, Ditchingham. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

All Hallows Healthcare Hospital, Ditchingham. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

Jamie Honeywood Archant Norwich Norfolk

More than 5,000 people have now backed calls to save All Hallows Healthcare Trust, after bosses announced financial difficulties left the future of services in doubt.

Jenny Keeler, who has launched a petition to save All Hallows Healthcare Trust. JENNY KEELERJenny Keeler, who has launched a petition to save All Hallows Healthcare Trust. JENNY KEELER

The trust runs services in Ditchingham, Bungay and Lowestoft, including a hospital, nursing home, home care and day care services, providing care to 250 people each day, while the planned closure puts 280 jobs at risk.

After 2,000 people signed the petition, on Change.org, within the first 24 hours, the number of supporters continues to rise.

Jenny Keeler launched the petition to support her step-sister’s father who heavily relies on the service.

She said: “The response clearly shows the passion of local people and the need for this service.

“The news came as a shock. At the end of the day it is a service that many people rely on locally.

“They offer care for patients under 65 when a lot of places in our area don’t.”

The calls have also been backed by this newspaper.

Andrew Fitchett, coastal editor, said: “We’re throwing our weight behind this petition to show the strength of feeling there is, not just from those directly affected, but also among the wider community.

“Losing the service is nothing short of a disaster for those who use it, and it’s essential we do not stand by and let it close without a fight.

“I’d urge everyone to sign the petition and share it far and wide.”

To sign the petition, go to: www.change.org/p/andy-evans-save-all-hallows-hospital-healthcare-services-from-closure

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