A community which was forged through a facebook group to save Huddersfield’s A&E is encouraging residents of Huddersfield and Halifax to come together to fight the cause.
The facebook group ‘Save Huddersfield A&E’ was set up by Karl Deitch whilst eating a ham sandwich when the news broke on Friday 15 January. Since then it has grown to more than 43,000 members.
The campaign has also received support from celebrities including Kaiser Chiefs’ Ricky Wilson, Christopher Biggins, Jason Manford and Sarah Millican via Twitter.
The owner of the group, Karl, has appointed a team of seven administrators to organise activities, including a public meeting held at the Methodist Mission, Huddersfield on Wednesday 27 January.
Our very own founder, Ellie MacDonald, is proud to be part of this group, and as such is taking a lead raising awareness through media coverage.
The main aim of the group is to encourage signatures to the official petition available online and printed copies are being distributed by ambassadors of the cause in a bid to reach the elderly and those that don’t have online access.
To date, the petition has received more than 40,000 signatures but needs more to make it to the target, 100,000.
“Losing Huddersfield’s vital A&E service will put huge strain on Halifax’s already busy A&E department, not to mention the additional congestion to the roads and so we all need to work together to ensure both towns have their own departments. Together we can do this!”
Sign the petition here: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/118690, join the facebook group here and use the hashtah #HandsoffHRI.