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Stafford Hospital protest camp welcomes visitors from across the country

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: July 24, 2014

Stafford Hospital campers prepare to welcome supporters from around the country

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Stafford Hospital campaigners are expecting to welcome a stream of supporters from around the country to their protest camp in the hospital grounds over the weekend.

The Support Stafford Hospital campers have been promised visits from other campaign groups around the UK fighting similar battles over the shake-up of NHS services.

Expected visitors include campaigners from Lewisham and Charing Cross hospitals in London.

And campaigner Rachel Dale said the protesters had also been buoyed up by messages of support from around the world.

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“Our tweets about the campaign to save our hospital are being re-tweeted in the USA and even as far afield as Guatemala, and we are getting some lovely messages back,” she said.

“We are working really hard to spread the message and let people know just how serious the situation will be if Stafford loses really important hospital services.”

The campaigners, who are battling to stop a range of hospital services, including the maternity unit, being moved out of Stafford when the Mid Staffordshire NHS trust is dissolved later this year, say they have also been overwhelmed by messages of support and donations from local residents, including supplies of food and drink, and fish and chip suppers donated by a local chip shop.

They are also settling in for the long haul by installing extra facilities at the camp. Portable toilets were due to arrive today, Thursday, and the camp now has its own kitchen marquee, complete with washing up facilities, a satellite TV link-up, and even a sofa.

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