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Hands off HRI: Holmfirth musician hit by car - the same week he releases album for Hands Off HRI campaign

Ian Sanderson says people feel less inclined to visit A&E as it is so busy

He’s a local musician doing his bit to save our A&E - and with his very own good reason.

For the same week Ian Sanderson released his Hands Off HRI fundraising album, he had his own brush with an accident.

Ian, of Holmfirth, was walking along his street when he was clipped by a car driving past.

The 54-year-old said: “I was walking along the pavement and there was a child playing football. I gave him a wide berth and was about to tell him to be careful when the car clipped me.

“I didn’t take myself to A&E because I think people are made to feel less inclined to go there these days due to all the pressures on the services.

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“It was ironic it was the same week I’ve released the album, but it got me thinking about our A&Es.

“They are busy and understaffed as it is, so imagine if ours was cut and we had to travel to Halifax?”

Music technician Ian, who has produced the album to raise funds for legal fees for the Hands Off HRI campaign, knows all too well the importance of going to A&E.

Ian has permanent chronic pain in his left shoulder following an industrial accident ten years ago, and has been told if he’d gone to A&E at the time, the long-term damage could have been prevented.

Holmfirth musician Ian Sanderson promoting the Hands Off HRI fundraising CD and forthcoming event at the Picturedrome.

“I was working on a building site and fell one storey holding a nail gun.

“Again, I didn’t go to A&E. I’d already been once the week before and was worried about taking more time off work.

“It’s a service that everyone should use whenever, but it’s facing so many cuts.”

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Ian has been involved with the Hands Off HRI campaign since attending the demonstration in St George’s Square last month.

The album, featuring music from local acts ranging from Blues and Jazz to Hip Hop and even a comedy rap done in a Yorkshire accent, is £10 plus VAT with all proceeds going to the campaign.

Ian is also supporting a concert at the Picturedrome to raise funds for the campaign on Easter Sunday.

To download the album, visit: https://handsoffhri.bandcamp.com/releases.



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