She has spent years fighting to keep crucial health services within reach of her young son, who has twice needed life saving surgery.

And now Gaynor Bearder faces another battle, this time over plans which could see Huddersfield lose its A&E department, and which she describes as ‘terrifying’.

Gaynor, of Banks Road, Linthwaite, was a leading campaigner in the successful fight to save the children’s heart unit at Leeds General Infirmary.

Her son Joel, now eight, fought his way back from the brink of death three times after being born with a faulty heart valve. He had surgery to correct the problem, but then caught an infection, causing further damage to his heart. Medics then found another part of his heart was leaking, leaving major surgery as his only chance of life.

He has since been rushed by ambulance to the A&E in Huddersfield three times after suffering breathing problems, and Gaynor says the prospect of the town losing its A&E is horrific.

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She was among a number of Huddersfield campaigners who became embroiled in the three-year campaign to retain children’s heart services in Leeds after the NHS threatened to close the unit, leaving parents with the prospect of having to travel to Newcastle or Liverpool.

Many felt the decision was taken because millions of pounds had been spent upgrading the Newcastle unit, which left the NHS reluctant to close it. Instead, Leeds was earmarked for the axe despite it being much easier to access for millions of people.

After a huge campaign, NHS England vowed to wipe the slate clean and created a new set of standards for all children’s heart units, with Leeds seemingly safe.

But Gaynor now faces a second battle, against a decision which she says is again being based purely on financial concerns, rather than patient need.

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“I have spent eight years going back and forth at the drop of a hat with Joel. If he gets ill he can get seriously ill very quickly. Three times he has been rushed to A&E in an ambulance and other times we have taken him in the car.

“Most of the time he is absolutely fine, but in the summer he gets hay fever, and has been in quite precarious situations. The thought of not having an A&E in Huddersfield is terrifying.

“This decision affects every single person in the town. Banks Road where we live is a long road, and there are loads of families, and we joke that there’s a car parking space at the A&E just for Banks Road, as children end up there so often.

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“Usually it’s more minor things, like a dislocated shoulder or broken bone. But it could be really serious, and it’s awful to think what could happen if there was no A&E in Huddersfield.

“It’s vital people stand up and make their feelings known. I thought all these fights were over for us, but this brings it all back. I have a real feeling of deja vu.”