GMB Support Peoples March For NHS To London Across South Yorkshire And North Derbyshire From 24th To 27th August
We are asking the public to join us for a mile or two or join us for ten or the full 300 miles, or come to our rallies just be part of the fight back says organizers Darlington mums
GMB, the union for staff in the NHS, is supporting the People's March for the NHS which takes the form of the NHS Jarrow - London Crusade as it travels from West Yorkshire to South Yorkshire and into North Derbyshire at the start of the second week.
On Sunday 24th it travels from Wakefield to Barnsley and onto Sheffield and into North Derbyshire during the second week of the march. It will end at Parliament in London on Saturday 6th September.
The People's March for the NHS is organised by a group of local mums in Darlington in defence of the NHS. It will follow the basic route of the 1936 Jarrow Crusade. It will take three weeks to cover 300 miles with 21 overnight stops. It started in Jarrow on Saturday16th August.
The details for early in the second week are as follows:
Sunday 24th August- 10.4 miles from Wakefield to Barnsley. Start 10am Northgate / Westmorland Street, Wakefield to Barnsley Hospital to arrive at 4.30pm approx.
Monday 25th August- 15 miles from Barnsley to Sheffield. Start 10am Barnsley Hospital, Gawber Road, Barnsley to Weston Park, Sheffield to arrive at 5pm for Rally in Weston Park, Sheffield.
Tuesday 26th August - 13.8 miles from Sheffield to Chesterfield. Start 10:00am - Sheffield Town Hall, Pinstone St, Sheffield to arrive at 4-6 Soresby St, Chesterfield S40 1JN at 5.30pm. Lunch: Graves Park/Meadowhead 12.30 - 1.30pm. There will be a rally at 5:30pm, New Square, Chesterfield.
Wednesday 27th August- 14.3 miles from Chesterfield to Mansfield. Start 10am at Chesterfield Royal Hospital, Chesterfield Road, Calow, S44 5UQ to Mansfield Market Square for a Rally at 5:30pm Lunch: Bolsover Assembly Rooms, Hill Top, S44 6NG 12.30
The details of the route of the march and events associated with it in each area are on www.999callfornhs.org.uk . GMB members will welcome the march along the route and will attend the events associated with it. See notes to editors below for the departure date from each area across the whole route over three weeks
“Darlomums” are a diverse group of women from Darlington & comprise of Joanna Adams, Rehana Azam, Mel Wilson, Linda Hughes, Jo Lande, Cath McArdle, Hazel Commane, Wendy Parker, Rosie & Helen Webber and Emma Tyers. Between them they have 13 kids and one on its way. #darlomums have a range of jobs including 3 working in the local EE call centre, 1 union officer, 1 councillor, I cafe owner, 1 teacher, 1 just enrolled on a nursing course, 1 graphic designer and 1 beauty therapist
DarloMums say “It's really hard to passively watch the rapid dismantling, privatisation and destruction of the NHS. First we had the Health & Social Care Act, then Section 75 and more recently Clause 119 of the Care Bill. The Government have legislated to open the NHS to the open market.
We believe every penny saved in the NHS should go back into improving and developing our NHS. We dont want to see private companies operating in the NHS under the heading of 'efficiency' when we know they are accountable to their shareholders, who are only interested in maximum profit before patient health care. We are asking the public to join us for a mile or two, or join us for ten or the full 300 miles, come to our rallies, just be part of the fightback.”
Rehana Azam GMB National Officer and one of the DarloMums, added “Hospital services across the country are being shut down at an alarming rate. We are not only marching to support a fair funding in the NHS budget, but to overturn the Health & Social Care Act which has enforced privatisation of profitable NHS services, and has allowed them to be axed elsewhere. As mums with young kids we see it as our civic duty to try and save the NHS before our children grow up. I’m sure we’ll get a warm welcome when we reach each destinations on the 300 mile route.
The People's March is a perfect opportunity to build support for the NHS and to join up with amazing NHS campaigners across the country. On route we aim to make the public aware of what the coalition government has been doing to our NHS and what has been happening to our hospitals and health services”
For further information please contact Rehana Azam on 07841 181656 or Joanna Adams on 07816 047668 or GMB press office 07921 289880
Notes to editors
The departure details from each area across the whole route over three weeks are as follows:
Jarrow 16th August –
Chester le Street 17/08
Market Harborough 01/09
St Albans 05/09
Parliament Square, Westminster, London 6th September.