Mar 26th, 2015
Press release for- Ongoing ‘Save Our NHS’ Days
By Bryony Walker
You can copy and paste the template press release below into an email to local journalists to tell them about what you’re doing locally to ‘Save the NHS’. Remember to change the red text in square brackets to the details of your local event!
You should find contact details for your local papers here. Or if that doesn’t work, Google “the name of your local paper + news desk” and you should see the contact details for the editor.
When you need to see how many people have signed your local ‘Save our NHS’ petition, click here.
TEMPLATE PRESS RELEASE
Remember to include any clear pictures you’ve taken in your email!
Contact: [your name, your phone number and your email address]
For immediate release
Locals out on [day] in [area] to “Save the NHS”
Local people in [area] are taking to the streets on [date] to gather signatures on a petition in support of the NHS.
Members of campaign group 38 Degrees in [area] will be joining hundreds more across the UK, who are doing all that they can to fight for the future of the NHS before the next government is elected.
[x,000] people in the area have already signed a petition to all of the candidates standing to be an MP in [constituency name] in May’s general election. The petition asks each candidate to commit to protect the NHS from privatisation, make sure it has the funding it needs, and keep the NHS out of the TTIP trade deal with the US.
[name], a 38 Degrees member from [area], said “[This quote is the place for you to write why you care about the NHS and why you want to challenge your local MP candidates by taking part in the day of action. Here’s an example: “We all need the NHS at our best and worst moments in life. That’s why I’ll be going out this Saturday to spread the word about our campaign and collect signatures on our local petition. [area]’s day of action will show our MP candidates that if they want to sell off or run down our NHS, they’ll have a fight on their hands.”]
David Babbs, executive director of 38 Degrees said: “This day of action should send a clear message to politicians: you’re being watched by millions of us fighting to protect our NHS.
“The NHS is the best healthcare system in the world, and it belongs to all of us. But too many politicians have ignored the doctors and nurses on the frontline. They’ve turned their back on the principle of an NHS owned by all of us and working to save lives, rather than to make money.
“People in [area] will be standing with thousands of people across the country to say that we love our NHS too much to let it be sold off to the highest bidder.”
The local petition to save the NHS is at: www.38degrees.org.uk/nhs
Notes to editors
38 Degrees is one of the UK’s biggest campaigning communities, with over 3 million members. 38 Degrees brings you together with other people to take action on the issues that matter to you and bring about real change in the UK.