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Support Final Leg Of People's March For NHS

Thursday, September 4, 2014

GMB Support Final Leg Of People's March For NHS From Jarrow To London With London March And Rally On Saturday 6th September  

The march shows that there are people who have the will to fight for the NHS - our message to politicians who have voted to destroy our NHS is simple; you are on notice and we are on our way to London' says Darlomums.

GMB, the union for staff in the NHS, is supporting the People's March for the NHS which has taken the form of the NHS Jarrow - London Crusade when it reaches London during the final leg of the march in London on Saturday 6th September. Members are being asked to join the final stretch at Holborn at 2pm and march to a rally in Trafalger Sq at 3.30pm.

On Thursday 4th September the march travels from Luton to St Albans and from there into Edmonton North London on 5th September. 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 has taken three weeks to cover 300 miles with 21 overnight stops. It started in Jarrow on Saturday16th August.

The details for the rest of the march at the end of the third week are as follows:

THURSDAY 4th Sept: 11 miles approx. Start 10am in Luton to  St Albans (Civic Centre – outside the Arena) to arrive at 5.30pm approx. Lunch: Harpenden – details to be confirmed. There will be a rally the evening at the Civic Centre in St Albans, outside the Area at 5:30pm, on the 4th September.

FRIDAY 5th Sept: 18.4 miles.  Start at 10am from St Peters Street, St Albans to Fore Street Edmonton in North London to arrive at 5.30pm approx.

SATURDAY 6th Sept: 10 miles. Start 10am from Edmonton Green, London, N9 9DX to Parliament in London where the darlomums and 300 milers will finish the march and hand over an NHS pledge card to the politicians who will meet them. There will be lunch in Clissold Park, Stoke Newington, N16 9HJ.

Supporters are asked to join the final stretch of the March. They should assemble at 2pm Red Lion Square Holborn WC1R 4HQ and march with the darlomums and 300 milers to a RALLY for 3.30pm approx. in Trafalgar Square. Billy Bragg will march from Red Lion Square to Trafalgar Square and then play a set. The running order for the host of the speakers including politicians, campaigners and celebs is being firmed up. Call the organizers for details.

The details of the route of the march and events associated with it in each area are on www.999callfornhs.org.uk . GMB members welcomed/ will welcome the march along the route and attended/ 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 said 'The last three weeks have been tremendous as thousands across the country have joined the people's march for the NHS. What is clear is people care about the NHS. The purpose of the march was to bring attention to the public the growing attacks on the NHS.

There is a growing movement of campaigners and supporters for the NHS and the politicians can't just ignore us or dismiss our voices. From the NHS staff who joined us after their night shift, to the pensioner who was born before the NHS was created or the young boy who shared his story that he only reached his 10th birthday because the NHS saved his life. This is all a testament as to why people are joining the People's march for the NHS. “

Rehana Azam GMB National Officer and one of the Darlomums, added “The march has been a logistical nightmare as organising 22 marches and 15 rallies was never going to be easy.  We have all played to our strengths and we have had brilliant support and with the numbers of people's who have marched has made the last three weeks special.

The People's march has demonstrated that there are people who have the will to fight for the NHS - our message to politicians who have voted to destroy our NHS is simple; you are on notice and we are on our way to London."

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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 have been /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. With final rally in Trafalger Square.

 

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