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Campaign continues to keep rural hospital open

The campaign's continuing to keep the All Hallows Hospital at Ditchingham near Bungay open.

Last month All Hallows Healthcare Trust announced all its services were likely to shut because of financial difficulties.

Protests at All Hallows at Ditchingham Credit: ITV Anglia

A mother has spoken to ITV News Anglia about her sadness at having to move her son from All Hallows where he's been a patient for 15 years.

Ed Spashett's in a permanently vegetative state and has received specialist medical treatment at All Hallows Hospital which is struggling to balance the books and facing closure.

Ed Spashett Credit: Sandra Bell

His mum Sandra Bell has joined the growing campaign to keep it open, although Ed has now been moved to a care home 20 miles away.

"When I went to pack up the rest of Edward's belongings and looked into his room and it was hard to believe that I'm not actually going to be going there any more. There's the chapel which is a beautiful little part of the hospital. We had our wedding blessed there so that Ed could be part of our day and it's so sad to think that we'll no longer be able to go in there and lots of other relatives and residents make use of the chapel. It's just all so sad."

– Sandra Bell
Jaime Larter with her father Peter Credit: ITV Anglia

Jaime Larter's father Peter receives day care five days a week.

"They do everything for my dad and it's the first time I've felt safe leaving my dad in somebody's care. Without All Hallows my dad will have to go into a residential home, well that's heartbreaking isn't it, to think we'll have to remove him, from everything he knows. Everyone's heartbroken. It's real people's lives. I understand that on a bigger scale its a business

– Jaime Larter

Jamie's organised protests to save All Hallows at Ditchingham on the Norfolk Suffolk border.

More than ten thousand people have signed a petition in support.

Sandra Bell and Jamie Larter Credit: ITV Anglia

Last month All Hallows Healthcare Trust announced all its services were likely to shut because of financial difficulties.

250 people a day use those services. Almost 300 staff are employed there.

Protests at All Hallows at Ditchingham Credit: ITV Anglia

"We continue to talk to a range of organisations interested in continuing our services, and at the conclusion of our discussions we will share the outcome with our patients/residents/clients and staff and all of our well-wishers."

– All Hallows statement