Guest column: People power has given our campaign a first big victory

John Mann MP
John Mann MP

These last few weeks have shown just how important the NHS is to us all and how strong our community spirit is.

I can share the news of our first big victory with a guarantee this week that all children in Bassetlaw will again have their eyes tested at school.

This is common sense and our proposal for a sensible way of doing it has been both welcomed and agreed.

Schools and parents should be delighted, but most importantly children with eyesight issues should now be identified at an early age.

This news gives us hope going forward and talks with the hospital are underway.

Thankyou to the many hundreds of people who braved the wind and the rain and marched on Saturday protesting about the overnight closure of the children’s ward.

Despite the weather people of all ages came with banners, horns, whistles and chants to make their views heard.

Closing the ward to sick children and using ambulances from hundreds of miles away costing £14,000 a month is no sensible way to run our health service and we sent that message loud and clear last Saturday.

Fundraising for the campaign is also required and thankyou to everyone who has donated so far.

The campaign is costing money and we need to do more.

If you would like to donate please call my office on 01909 506200 or email mannj@parliament.uk.

What is not spent will be donated to the children’s ward at Bassetlaw Hospital.

Saturday, March 25 will be a fundraising day for the campaign, with a number of events taking place.

Two have already been confirmed.

There will be a zumbathon at St John’s Church of England School in Worksop, with a children’s session taking place from 10am to 11am at £3 per child.

There will then be a two-hour adult one from 11am to 1pm, costing £6 person.

For anyone who may not want to take part, do feel free to go along anyway for a £1 entrance fee to support the event and to buy cakes or have a go on the tombola.

The event organisers are also looking for volunteers to help run the events selling tickets, to be on the door and to sell refreshments – as well as organising a bake-0ff competition.

If you would like to help with the event, or have prizes to donate, please contact my office using the details above and I will put you in touch with the organisers.

On the same day, Snakattak will keep its doors open from 1.30pm to 3.30pm for free tea and cake, a raffle and a sale to raise funds for the campaign.

Please call in at 136 Gateford Road, Worksop S80 1UD with your unwanted items for sale.

If you have completed petition sheets please could you send them to me at John Mann MP, Stanley Street, Worksop S81 7HX.