'5,000 signatures in three weeks is amazing!' - Royston group smash petition target in fight to secure future of town's hospital

PUBLISHED: 10:42 06 March 2017 | UPDATED: 11:13 06 March 2017

North East Herts MP Sir Oliver Heald  joined and Maggie Allen for the final day of petitioning at Royston market.

North East Herts MP Sir Oliver Heald joined and Maggie Allen for the final day of petitioning at Royston market.

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The group campaigning to secure the future of Royston Hospital were thrilled to surpass 5,000 signatures in their petition at the weekend.

Royston Community Health’s Maggie Allen was joined by North East Herts MP Sir Oliver Heald on Saturday at Royston market, where they collected 471 more names bringing their total as it stands to 5,325 signatures.

“To have collected more than 5,000 signatures in three weeks is amazing,” Maggie said.

“We had many petitions coming in from people who had been collecting from friends, relatives and groups, and the villages.

“People were very keen that we get a Health and Social Care Hub on the hospital site rather than the NHS developing the Melbourn Street Health Centre site.”

The online petition will remain open until they get a date to meet health secretary, Jeremy Hunt.

Anyone who still has paper petitions is asked to deliver them to Curwens in Royston High Street.

See www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/HM3T6ZL to view the petition.

Go to roystoncommunityhealth.org.uk for more information.

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