Support floods in for Star campaign

HUNDREDS of Evening Star readers have today pledged their support to Ipswich Hospital's under-threat nurses.Since we launched the Save Our Angels campaign we have been overwhelmed with the number of signatures received - both in the post and online.

HUNDREDS of Evening Star readers have today pledged their support to Ipswich Hospital's under-threat nurses.

Since we launched the Save Our Angels campaign we have been overwhelmed with the number of signatures received - both in the post and online.

Nigel Pickover, the Star's editor, said: “This is one of the fastest responses we have ever had to any campaign.

“Not only are we getting the petition forms in by the dozen but we are also hearing heart-warming stories of the support these nurses have given to people, which prove exactly why we are right to be doing this.”

So far, more than 200 people have given the campaign their backing.

Among those to sign up in the last few days was Caz Wilkinson, of Fairfield Avenue in Felixstowe, whose 12-year-old son Jack lost his battle against cancer in August.

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She said: “I felt compelled to write to you in support of the Save Our Angels Campaign.

“We had the most wonderful support from the paediatric oncology and specialist doctors and nurses from Ipswich hospital throughout Jack's illness.”

Unions have also given the petition their stamp of approval.

Vicky Muller, Ipswich Hospital's Unison steward, said: “The nurses do wonders for waiting times and give patients that extra bit of care which won't necessarily be there if they are cut.

“The bottom line is, if we have less nurses then patient care will suffer.

“I am completely against these cuts, we haven't got enough nurses as it is.”

If you would like to show your support for the petition just complete the form on this page and return it to us or log on to www.eveningstar.co.uk/angels .

If you would like some petition sheets to pass round at your work place contact Sarah Gillett on 01473 324791 or e-mail sarah.gillett@eveningstar.co.uk including your full name and address.

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