Hospital campaigners are taking a 24-hour stand against the closure of Huddersfield Royal Infimary's A&E — will you join them?
#HandsOffHRI members are staging at 24-hour vigil outside HRI — from 5pm tonight to 5pm on Saturday.
Candles will be lit to represent the ‘potential loss of lives’ which they believe could result from the closure of HRI’s emergency department.
To keep spirits high, there will be a barbecue and plenty of coffee.
Going the full distance will be Nicola Jowett, 32, of Newsome; Rachael Lilley, 46, of Denby Dale; Aaron Lilley, 17, of Denby Dale; Jools Crowther, 51, of Golcar; Kaz Taylor, 50, of Deighton; and Helen Kingston, 27, of Halifax.
Kaz said: “They can stay as little or as long as they want and have a chat with us. We’re doing this for everybody.”
Under the Right Care Right Time Right Place plan, Huddersfield’s A&E will be closed and emergency care centralised at Calderdale Royal Hospital (CRH), Halifax.
A second 24-hour vigil takes place at CRH from 5pm on August 19.
All proceeds raised will go towards potential legal costs of derailing the plan.
Also joining the vigil will be #HandsOffHRI chair Mike Forster who has just completed a 192-mile coast-to-coast walk for the campaign.
Mike said: “The hospital is worth saving.
“People feel so strongly about it that they are prepared to stay out all night to stay and protect the hospital.
“The public should show up to give their support physically, morally and financially.”
Mike, 60, from Crosland Moor, has raised over £1,300 for #HandsOffHRI from his walk from Robin Hood’s Bay, near Whitby, to St Bees Head, Cumbria.
He added: “There’s been a lot of support from people all over the world... throwing money into the tin and saying they have similar problems in their countries.”
Mike has been enjoying a well-earned rest in the Lake District before he joins the vigil on Saturday.