by Barbara Veale, Lead Steward
“I’m a mother of 2 girls, both born in Lewisham Hospital, and before my husband died just over four years ago he had many spells in hospital, including a couple of emergency admissions. If I had had to travel everyday to Woolwich I don’t know how I would have coped. The care he received in Lewisham Hospital was brilliant.
I am a member of Lewisham Deptford Labour Party and got involved in Lewisham SOS-NHS, a local campaigning group which fought the Andrew Lansley Health and Social Care Bill. When people first got wind of the Matthew Kershaw proposals for our local hospital, there was a meeting of various interested groups (which ultimately became the Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign) to discuss what we should do and to be ready to ‘hit the ground running’ as soon as an official announcement was made.
Fortunately as I am retired now and do voluntary work in a local school, I have the time (and luckily the energy at the moment!) to go out leafleting, putting up posters and talking to people about the Campaign.
Campaign meetings are lively and there are so many dedicated people giving so much of their time to organising and publicising events – the 2 marches now, the Vigil at the hospital on 13 Dec, the mums in buggies demonstration at the Department of Health…
Helping to run a street stall in Lewisham market for the last 3 weeks has been a wonderful experience. Listening to other people’s personal stories about our Hospital’s services, and the lives that have been saved, is a humbling experience and gives me the ‘lift’ to carry on the fight. Please visit the Campaign website www.savelewishamhospital.com and see how you can get involved. No matter how small your contribution may be, it all helps in the end. Let’s hope we have good news about Lewisham from the Department of Health on 1st February. However, we must not forget the other hospitals in the SLT – they also need our support.”