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Thousands sign petition over 'heartbreaking' plan to close health trust

Campaigners say the planned closure of a health trust in Suffolk, which would see 280 jobs axed, has left them heartbroken.

All Hallows Healthcare Trust cares for 250 people a day but it's running out of money and says it's "impossible to balance income and costs on an ongoing basis".

It's consulting staff about closing all its services and sites, including a hospital in Ditchingham and a nursing home in Bungay.

Almost five thousand people have signed a petition calling for the trust to be saved.

Jaime Larter has been gathering signatures. The trust has been caring for her father Peter, who has dementia, for four years.

"Without the daycare facility, I have no other options but to put him into residential care. He's heartbroken. He's really concerned about the things in his home - like 'what about my photographs? What about my chair? What about my videos?'

"He even said 'I can just stay at home and watch my videos, I won't be any trouble'. That's a really heartbreaking thing to hear from a vulnerable old man. He shouldn't have to leave his home."

– Jaime Larter, Campaigner
The All Hallows Healthcare Trust hospital at Ditchingham. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Chairman John Chapman said the closure "is more than sad, it is tragic".

The trust's "proud history of serving the local community" dates back 147 years and it has achieved 'good' CQC ratings over the last 18 months.

"The care and future of our patients/residents/clients remain of paramount importance to us and so we are engaged in detailed planning with their commissioners of care to identify and arrange alternative care for them and to minimise disruption to them.

"We will continue to communicate directly with them and their families over the coming weeks so that we can satisfy all of their needs."

– All Hallows Healthcare Trust