SUPPORTERS of Stafford Hospital are being urged to get in the party mood on Saturday afternoon and bring their own picnics and party games to Rowley Park for a special birthday celebration for the NHS.
The Support Stafford Hospital campaign is hosting the Picnic in the Park get-together from 2pm to 8pm to celebrate the 66th anniversary of the founding of the National Health Service, and to raise funds for its continuing campaign to keep a full range of hospital services in Stafford.
It is one of a raft of events to raise money for the campaign. There will also be a quiz night at the Morris Man pub, from 7pm on July 16.
Two judicial reviews have been lodged against the hospital plans, which will see the the Mid Staffs NHS Trust dissolved and some services moved to Stoke.
A Care Quality Commission inspection of patient safety and the quality of care at Stafford Hospital began this week, after concerns were raised about continuing problems in recruiting enough staff.
But Support Stafford Hospital campaigners say bringing in special administrators to run the hospital has made difficulties worse, and undone some of the progress the hospital has made in recent years.