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Fun day to support St Helier Hospital

A community picnic on the green outside St Helier Hospital is expected to attract more than a thousand revellers to enjoy a party with a purpose on Saturday 8 September.

Visitors to St Helier Fun Day will enjoy entertainers, raffles, tombolas, face painting, stalls and a whole lot more as the party starts at lunchtime and runs through the afternoon.

Fun-seekers are welcome, but if you want to run a stall or provide some entertainment for the crowds, there's still time - simply email and say what you want to do.

The whole community has got together to arrange the day, but one of the chief organisers St Helier mum Michelle Baker said: "This is going to be a fantastic day out, so come along and join in the fun.

"If you want to take part that's great, but if you just want to enjoy another party after the Jubilee, the Torch relay and the Olympics that's fine too."

As well as the fun, the day also has a serious purpose - to continue the fight against the proposed closure of the hospital's A&E, maternity and children's wards.

Visitors will be able to listen to speeches from local people who use the hospital and petitions with thousands of signatures will be presented to representatives of the panel which recommended that the St Helier clinics be closed and the hospital become a centre for planned surgery in south west London.

Leader of Sutton Council and St Helier campaigner Ruth Dombey, said: "First and foremost I want everyone to come along and have a great day out.

"But while you're there take the time to find out what they plan to do to our hospital and then sign the petition and join the fight."

Last updated: Wednesday, 15 August 2012

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