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People's March For NHS - North And West Yorkshire Leg

Monday, August 18, 2014


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.

It travels from Darlington from (17th August) and progresses across North and West Yorkshire to arrive in Wakefield on 23rd August. 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 the next 5 days are as follows:

Tuesday 19th Aug - 14 miles from Darlington to Northallerton.  Start time: 10:00 from Darlington Market Place Destination: arrive at Northallerton - Friarage Hospital at17.30 approx.  Lunch: Dalton Village Green

Wednesday 20th Aug -  20 miles from Northallerton to Ripon - Start time: 09:30 from Friarage Hospital: arrive at Ripon Hospital/Spa Gardens at 19.00 approx. Lunch: Burneston near Leeming Bar

Thursday 21st Aug - 14 miles from Ripon to Harrogate - start time: 10:00 from Community Hospital/Spa Gardens arrive at The Stray Park, Harrogate at 17.00.

Friday 22nd Aug - 17 miles Harrogate to Leeds - start time 09:30 from The Stray, next to Harrogate Hospital arrive at Leeds Art Gallery 18.00 approx. Lunch: Harewood Estate. Rally from 17.00 at Leeds Art Gallery, Victoria Gardens, Leeds.

Saturday 23rd Aug - 11 miles Leeds to Wakefield - Start time: 09:30 am from Leeds Art Gallery to Wakefield Cathedral arrive 16.30 approx. Lunch: Halfway House A61.gust

The details of the route of the march and events associated with it in each area are on . 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”


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

Ferryhill 18/08

Darlington 19/08

Northallerton 20/08

Ripon 21/08

Harrogate 22/08

Leeds 23/08

Wakefield 24/08

Barnsley 25/08

Sheffield 26/08

Chesterfield 27/08

Mansfield 28/08

Nottingham 29/08

Loughborough 30/08

Leicester 31/08

Market Harborough 01/09

Northampton 02/09

Bedford 03/09

Luton 04/09

St Albans 05/09

Edmonton 06/09

Parliament Square, Westminster, London 6th September.

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