Celebrities will attend save St Helier fun day in Carshalton

Wimbledon Guardian: Absolutely Fabulous star June Whitfield Absolutely Fabulous star June Whitfield

Celebrities, families and politicians will be campaigning today as part of a massive demonstration to save St Helier Hospital.

Thousands of people are expected to turn out in force for the Family Fun Day on the hospital green between 12 and 4pm.

Absolutely Fabulous star and national treasure June Whitfield is expected to make an appearance to show her support.

The 86-year-old actress is the president of the charity, St Helier and Sutton League of Friends.

Representatives from the community will be presenting their petitions in a show of solidarity for the hospital’s services.

The Sutton Guardian will be presenting our petition which has more than 1,300 signatures.

The event aims to be a fun day for people to bring picnics and to enjoy a wide range of entertainment.

There are already over 40 stalls booked for the event as well as Peppa Pig, karate displays and cheerleading.

Sutton and Cheam MP, Paul Burstow, said: "It's vital as many people as possible come to show their support for St Helier so we can make sure the local NHS BSBV team know how strongly the community feels about our local hospital."

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7:59am Sat 8 Sep 12

Jerry71 says...

If Tom Brake and Paul Burstow attend the Save St Helier event their bare-faced effrontery will be beyond belief. After all, they both voted to throw away £20 billion to the IMF to support the euro. Only a small part of which could have paid the costs for the A&E and maternity units at St Helier’s for years to come. All those fighting the cuts in St Helier should realise that if they voted Conservative, Labour or Lib Dem in the last general election this is what they voted for, to throw money away on the EU instead of investing it in the NHS and other UK services.
If Tom Brake and Paul Burstow attend the Save St Helier event their bare-faced effrontery will be beyond belief. After all, they both voted to throw away £20 billion to the IMF to support the euro. Only a small part of which could have paid the costs for the A&E and maternity units at St Helier’s for years to come. All those fighting the cuts in St Helier should realise that if they voted Conservative, Labour or Lib Dem in the last general election this is what they voted for, to throw money away on the EU instead of investing it in the NHS and other UK services. Jerry71
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2:24pm Sat 8 Sep 12

Krissi says...

You said it Jerry - and certainly there might be a few students and others who might want to talk to them about their party's broken electoral promises
You said it Jerry - and certainly there might be a few students and others who might want to talk to them about their party's broken electoral promises Krissi
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4:02pm Sat 8 Sep 12

Michael Pantlin says...

I've just got back home from the event. I was there from 2-3. Looked like about 400 people there and otherwise like a village fete rather than a protest group.
Saw the MPs' tables looking very unpopulated. Apart from that bouncy castles, skateboard ramps, karate exhibition breaking tiles instead of Camoron's bones, food stalls and minority charities and interest groups plying for more followers and donations. If that's the best attendance effort 180,000 population can make they can't complain when their hospital is no more. Paul Burstow MP, now he's been ousted from his ministerial care post tells us he is now "unshackled" to fight to keep St. Helier how it is but politicians only tell you that afterwards. He wouldn't tell us he was shackled so unable to fight for St. Helier when he was the Man from the Ministry. When the government papers for the period are released in 30 years time I suspect it will reveal to those still alive some interesting devious goings on in government facing in two opposite directions. What can stop these services closures now? BSBV, the instrument of destruction will soon be dissolved as will the joint residue PCT which will rubber stamp the plans. When residents wake up to what they have lost it will be for the local GPs running the show to take all the flak. Paul Burstow was not without his achievements. I can remember one when he attended and "looked on" at the opening of the Cats Protection Charity Shop in Cheam while someone dressed as a cat did the honours. A memorable moment and splendid photo call opportunity. If we don't judge MPs on results what is the point?
I've just got back home from the event. I was there from 2-3. Looked like about 400 people there and otherwise like a village fete rather than a protest group. Saw the MPs' tables looking very unpopulated. Apart from that bouncy castles, skateboard ramps, karate exhibition breaking tiles instead of Camoron's bones, food stalls and minority charities and interest groups plying for more followers and donations. If that's the best attendance effort 180,000 population can make they can't complain when their hospital is no more. Paul Burstow MP, now he's been ousted from his ministerial care post tells us he is now "unshackled" to fight to keep St. Helier how it is but politicians only tell you that afterwards. He wouldn't tell us he was shackled so unable to fight for St. Helier when he was the Man from the Ministry. When the government papers for the period are released in 30 years time I suspect it will reveal to those still alive some interesting devious goings on in government facing in two opposite directions. What can stop these services closures now? BSBV, the instrument of destruction will soon be dissolved as will the joint residue PCT which will rubber stamp the plans. When residents wake up to what they have lost it will be for the local GPs running the show to take all the flak. Paul Burstow was not without his achievements. I can remember one when he attended and "looked on" at the opening of the Cats Protection Charity Shop in Cheam while someone dressed as a cat did the honours. A memorable moment and splendid photo call opportunity. If we don't judge MPs on results what is the point? Michael Pantlin
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8:55pm Sat 8 Sep 12

Michael Pantlin says...

June Whitfield is indeed a National Treasure. The Haematology & Palliative Care Unit at St. Helier Hospital that she sponsored and is named after her and the wonderful, clever people who staff it have kept me alive and now the disgraceful "NHS Bosses" are hell bent on frittering £millions to destroy it. May their actions rebound on them big time.
Will the local politicians please explain now what is going to turn around the threats bearing in mind that the proposals have been passed and have only to be rubber stamped by the outgoing residual joint PCT before the take over by CaMoron's New Order?
June Whitfield is indeed a National Treasure. The Haematology & Palliative Care Unit at St. Helier Hospital that she sponsored and is named after her and the wonderful, clever people who staff it have kept me alive and now the disgraceful "NHS Bosses" are hell bent on frittering £millions to destroy it. May their actions rebound on them big time. Will the local politicians please explain now what is going to turn around the threats bearing in mind that the proposals have been passed and have only to be rubber stamped by the outgoing residual joint PCT before the take over by CaMoron's New Order? Michael Pantlin
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11:12pm Sat 8 Sep 12

jansthelier says...

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WAKE UP SUTTON!
http://www.dailymail .co.uk/news/article- 2200339/Damning-trut h-A-E-closure-fiasco -Savage-consequences -NHS-cuts-revealed-p ensioner-waits-6-hou rs-ambulance.html?IT O=1490 WAKE UP SUTTON! jansthelier
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8:51pm Sun 9 Sep 12

Michael Pantlin says...

Great Fun Day with all the entertainments and stalls. Big Glum Day for offering any real hope of changing the Government's and "Health Bosses" blinkered view and intent.
Great Fun Day with all the entertainments and stalls. Big Glum Day for offering any real hope of changing the Government's and "Health Bosses" blinkered view and intent. Michael Pantlin
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6:58pm Tue 11 Sep 12

kazza76 says...

as one f the organisers of the funday this was not intended to be a protest and i wish people would stop saying that is, it was intended as an event for the community to come together and support each other whilst also showing that we are not happy about the proposals, i myself gave a brief speech, we just wanted to raise awareness within the community, we were told by a local man who lives across the road from the hospital that he wasnt aware of the proposed closures or the funday even though it is al over the paper and in local shops, so there is a prime example of the people we are trying to target. the save st helier group are intending on organising more events which we are yet to decide on. we will be donating money raised to a local charity.

any ideas for fundraising will be welcomed xx karen xx
as one f the organisers of the funday this was not intended to be a protest and i wish people would stop saying that is, it was intended as an event for the community to come together and support each other whilst also showing that we are not happy about the proposals, i myself gave a brief speech, we just wanted to raise awareness within the community, we were told by a local man who lives across the road from the hospital that he wasnt aware of the proposed closures or the funday even though it is al over the paper and in local shops, so there is a prime example of the people we are trying to target. the save st helier group are intending on organising more events which we are yet to decide on. we will be donating money raised to a local charity. any ideas for fundraising will be welcomed xx karen xx kazza76
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