400 join Rodney’s fight to save Spalding care home

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MORE than 400 people have pledged their support to a campaign to stop a Spalding care home from closing.

Campaigner Rodney Sadd hit the town’s streets with a petition on Saturday as part of a plea to Lincolnshire County Council chiefs to make a u-turn on their decision to shut Halmer Grange.

Mr Sadd said the campaign was “gathering pace” with the 400 signatures collected in just a few hours.

“I was overwhelmed with the support, comments and the kind words of encouragement I received from the public,” he said. “I would have liked a council official present just to see how passionate the people were about the decision to close the centre.

“One lady had actually travelled from Moulton on the bus to find me outside Barclays bank to sign my petition.”

Halmer Grange, on Grange Drive, is to close under county-wide plans for reforms in care.

It is intended that the respite care services it currently provides will be picked up by the private and voluntary sectors.

Lincolnshire County Council announced their decision last month.

As reported in last week’s Guardian, Mr Sadd, of Carrington Road, Spalding, decided to make a stand after reading how staff intended to fight the closure.

His father Ted spent time there following his mother Nora’s death.

Mr Sadd has called for support from South Holland district councillors and South Holland and the Deepings MP John Hayes.

“I would like him to help us fight this unjust attack on our elderly care service in the community,” he said.

“If he could help the community in any way I would appreciate his support.”

Mr Sadd says he intends to deliver the petition to 10 Downing Street to highlight the plight of all the care facilities that will be affected by the reduction of local funding because of current government policy.

He aims to collect about 1,000 signatures.

Mr Sadd praised the public for their support so far, along with young members of the Spalding Social Services Club.

He added: “These young people realise that we must plan for the long term and there is a moral issue here to be remembered.

“If we cannot look after our own, who can?”