Example no. 1: local library cuts
For Immediate Release/ Embargoed Until 12.06.2020
Please contact: [name, email address and mobile number]
30,000 SPEAK OUT TO SAVE LOCAL LIBRARIES
Over 30,000 people have signed a petition calling on the council to halt its plans to close local libraries. At least ten libraries are under threat and campaigners are warning that if they shut the impact on local people could be devastating.
Janet Smith who started the petition says:
‘This is our last chance to save our treasured local libraries. Local people have spoken out in their thousands and its time for councillors to listen to us. These are not just places to borrow books, they are the heart and soul of our communities.’
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If the closures go ahead, half of local people may have no access to books or computers. The petition will be handed into councillors at a public meeting on the 3rd July. With just a week to go campaigners are asking people to share the petition with friends and family so they can make their views heard.
NOTES TO EDITORS:
The petition can be found at you.38degrees.org.uk
More details on the event and the campaign can be found at www.ourcampaign.co.uk
Example 2: local hospitals campaign
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: [name, email address, mobile number]
Local campaigners launch call to save Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes hospitals
Bedfordshire campaigners have launched an online petition in the latest stage of a fight to stop Bedfordshire A&E being cut.
The campaign on the 38 Degrees website calls on decision makers to keep crucial A&E departments open at both Bedford and Milton Keynes hospitals.
Campaigners are calling on local people to sign their petition online at https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/bedfordshire-hospitals.
Paul Simon, a local resident and campaigner says:
“The consequences of losing our A&E are frightening. If my daughter, or partner or elderly father had an accident, they would be forced to travel miles to get emergency treatment. This could be a matter of life and death.
“We need to stand up and fight for our NHS – so we’re urging people across Bedfordshire to sign our petition online.”
A&Es in Bedford and Milton Keynes between them serve at least 500,000 people, but both are at risk of cuts.
A £3.2 million review, led by Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Groups, has ruled out the possibility of both Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes hospitals remaining “major emergency centres”.
Campaigners say this would leave half a million people 20 miles from their nearest A&E in an area with a fast-growing population.
Rachel Oliver, a campaigner at 38 Degrees, said:
“It’s fantastic to see people coming together in Bedfordshire and all around the country to fight for their NHS. When people come together and stand up for what they believe in, they can be a powerful force – and decision makers are compelled to listen.”
Notes to editors
To read the petition and see the growing number of signatures, click here: https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/bedfordshire-hospitals
A&E downgrade to Milton Keynes or Bedford Hospital – or both:
Half a million facing 20-mile A&E trip in ‘crazy’ closure plans drawn up in the face of £30m funding black hole: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2681906/Half-million-facing-20-mile-A-E-trip-crazy-closure-plans-drawn-face-30m-funding-black-hole.html#ixzz38HvvoiPc
NHS march mobilise support against Bedford Hospital downgrade
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