Campaigners fighting to save Huddersfield’s A&E are to hold a festival to raise cash for their cause.

The #HandsOffHRI festival and rally takes place at Greenhead Park on September 4, following a march through Huddersfield.

The event, featuring three stages and 70 market stalls, will be headlined by local band Storm.

Huddersfield Examiner Battle Bus at St Georges Square in March
Huddersfield Examiner Battle Bus at St Georges Square in March

The route of the march is yet to be confirmed.

The festival will raise money for #HandsOffHRI to mount a legal challenge against the Right Care Right Time Right Place (RCRTRP) plan.

The campaign is instructing top public affairs solicitor Yogi Amin of Irwin Mitchell – but it needs to raise £40,000 towards the cost.

The campaign has so far raised £11,488 through everything from live music nights to sales of sheep themed mugs and t-shirts.

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Mike Forster, of #HandsOffHRI, said he hoped the festival would be fun as well as a display of solidarity.

Huddersfield Examiner Battle Bus at St Georges Square in March. Mike Forster addresses the crowd.
Huddersfield Examiner Battle Bus at St Georges Square in March. Mike Forster addresses the crowd.

He said: “It’s a family fun day to demonstrate the huge support in our community for Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and for preserving A&E services across both towns.

“It’s to give a very clear message but also it’s an opportunity for the community to show its solidarity and support.”

Under RCRTRP, Huddersfield Royal Infirmary (HRI) will be demolished and replaced with a new hospital, which will have an urgent care centre but crucially, no emergency department.

Emergency care will be centralised at Calderdale Royal Hospital (CRH) which will be expanded from 400 to up to 700 beds.