Mum’s peaceful protest over Hartlepool hospital services

PROTEST WALK: Sue Little.
PROTEST WALK: Sue Little.

A MUM is hoping people will take to the streets in a “peaceful protest” to show health bosses the strength of feeling over the future of Hartlepool’s hospital.

Sue Little has arranged a walk from Seaton Carew bus station to the University Hospital of Hartlepool in the New Year, and hopes hundreds will turn out on the march to try to persuade the health trust to restore services to the town.

Sue, 41, from Seaton Carew, has been angered by claims from the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust that services will not be brought back to Holdforth Road, and hopes her protest will be another way of making them sit up and take notice.

Sue, who is married to Paul and runs Paul’s Travel bus firm, said: “We have had the petitions and the public meetings where people have made their feelings known.

“This walk is just another way of showing that we are fed up of being ignored by the health trust.

“What more do people need to do to make them listen? Hopefully, this will be people power at its best.”

Sue, who is mum to Ben, 22, 19-year-old Thomas and Joseph, 16, has been a regular visitor to North Tees hospital over the last couple of years and, like many others, she cannot understand why services have been stripped from Hartlepool.

She added: “We need a hospital in Hartlepool. Wynyard is never going to happen.

“We used to have some of the best services around in Hartlepool, but they have been whittled away.

“I’ve regularly had to take family members through to Stockton, and when I needed to go there myself it cost me £24 in a taxi. People haven’t got that sort of money.”

Sue’s walk will take place on January 10, with people meeting at the bus station in Seaton.

The walk will follow a route up Station Lane, then down Brenda Road, Stockton Road, York Road and Raby Road before heading to the hospital along Winterbottom Avenue.

Sue added: “I expect it to take a couple of hours, and I want to stress this isn’t about sponsor money or causing a disruption or having people making big speeches.

“People don’t need to do the full walk either, they are welcome to join in along the way.

“It is pure and simply a way of showing our feelings in a different way.

“It’s for everyone in the town, it’s not about me. There are 100,000 people in this town and if affects all of us.”

Earlier this week, the Mail’s Bring Them Back petition broke through the 10,000 mark, and more signatures have continued to flood in this week.

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