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Stafford Hospital: skunk kicks up a stink in support of protest camp

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: August 04, 2014

  • Dale Preece-Kelly and Cheryl Porter with Stoosh and Beans and some young campers

  • Dale Preece-Kelly and his furry pals join the Support Stafford Hospital camp

  • Protesters and visitors at the Support Stafford Hospital camp

  • Stoosh proves herself a cute addition to the protest camp

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A SKUNK was the latest visitor to Stafford Hospital’s protest camp to kick up a stink about the loss of hospital services.

Two-year-old Stoosh visited the Support Stafford Hospital camp with her pal collie dog Beans and their owner Dale Preece-Kelly to show their support for the campaign and play with some of the younger campers.

Mr Preece-Kelly, 46, an animal therapy practitioner runs pet therapy firm Critterish Allsorts, which takes animals into residential and care homes and mental health units to interact with the residents.

He said he wanted to show his support for the protesters for retaining a full range of acute services at Stafford after being treated there when he suffering two heart attacks four years ago.

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“I think it’s really important that everyone rallies round to show their support for the hospita,” said Mr Preece-kelly, from Lichfield.

“The staff looked after me very well, and the town needs its hospital. I don’t know how much will be left after the changes take place.”

Stoosh is one of two therapy skunks among his collection of animals. And, contrary to their reputation, Mr Preece-Kelly said they were placid animals who enjoyed lots of fuss and attention.

Support Stafford Hospital campaigner Cheryl Porter said the protesters were delighted with the support they were receiving from around the country.

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