Parent urges supporters to sign online petition to help save Grantham Hospital nursery

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The mother of a child who attends Acorn Nursery at Grantham Hospital is urging people to sign her online petition today in a bid to save the nursery which is due to close on May 31.

Rachel Stark, whose two-year-old daughter Isabella, attends the nursery, would like anybody who supports the nursery to go to and sign the Acorn Nursery petition on there. Rachel has also collected signatures from supporters and colleagues at her workplace at Totemic.

Parents of nursery children will meet members of the United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust this evening to discuss the closure and Rachel would like to be able to present the petition to the Trust.

Rachel said it was “appalling” that the Trust was closing the nursery which has been on site since 1988. She said: “It has been a fantastic response. All the children are very happy at the nursery and the staff are absolutely fantastic which is why we chose it in the first place.”

The running of the nursery was put out to tender, but the company that won the contract later pulled out saying the nursery wasn’t financially viable. The hospitals trust has also said it cannot afford to pay for the repairs that it says are necessary. Parents have said they would be willing to carry out the repairs themselves.

For more details on this story see today’s Grantham Journal.