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Family day highlights planned downgrade of Grantham Hospital A&E

A Family Day was held in St Peter's Hill at the weekend in support of Grantham Hospital A&E.

Organisers put on the event to highlight the planned downgrade of the hospital's A&E to an urgent treatment centre.

A number of speakers were invited to the event which also featured a number of stalls, refreshments and entertainment.

The speakers were Liz Wilson, Vi King, Kathryn Salt and Ian Selby, and MC was Cameron Mitchell.

There was live music by Lilly Gaskell and Steven Carne’s NHS cabaret.

Event organiser Bernice Cullimore said: "The event was to raise awareness of the seriousness re the downgrade of our A&E, long journey times to the nearest A&E, poor public transport and road conditions. Life can only be sustained for 20 minutes in an ambulance, not enough time to reach Lincoln.

"For every 10km travelled the proportion of people that will die rises by 20 per cent."

The event also raised money for Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance.

Stalls included It’s Cruelty Free beauty, Elixiaire glitter tattoos, ROCK cat rescue, June, Joy cake stall and Nicky crafts. Janie Lee held a raffle and made tea. There was Jonathan bric-a-brac and a name the cuddly toy competition, won by Mandy, Louise and her daughter Irene.

Stocks were set up and visitors could throw wet sponges at Ia who wore a variety of masks chosen by the throwers.

Unison and Unison Health also had stalls and supported the event.

Bernice said: "At 4pm the NHS Uprising banner was paraded to the hospital followed by people carrying red crosses to represent people who have died and people who will die due to cuts and downgrading. The crosses were placed by the sign at the hospital entrance. Sadly someone has removed them."

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