Valentine's Southlands Hospital demo
"KEEP Southlands Hospital in your hearts" was the message from protesters yesterday fighting to save it from closure on Valentine's Day.
Braving the cold and wet, the campaigners stood at the entrance to the Shoreham hospital, waving heart-shaped placards and red balloons as passing cars in Upper Shoreham Road tooted support.
For former patient Ella Hutt, it was her first time at a protest. She said: "I wanted to come along and add my voice of support. I was a patient in Southlands Hospitals for eight months after I broke my hip and then developed complications. I live in Shoreham and I don't want my local hospital to close."
Janet Coom-ber, wife of Adur District Council chairman Brian, was at the protest collecting signatures for a petition against the closure of Southlands.
She said: "People want to know that their hospitals are open on their door-steps, not miles away in some specialist centre.
"If Worthing and South-lands hospitals are clos-ed, we will be looking at horrendous journeys to hospitals at Brighton or Chich-ester. My husband and I had to go the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton recently and the queue for a parking space alone was an hour and a half."