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Let's fight to keep Hillcote open
2:05pm Wednesday 11th September 2013 in Salisbury Letters
DO the people who make these so stupid decisions to close Hillcote quite understand how much stress they are causing to the few lucky families who do still use the facility?
I worked there for a number of years and could see the physical appearance of parents from dropping their children off in the mornings to picking them up had changed noticeably to a calmer exterior - because they knew their children were well-cared for and were happy.
There is a very good reason why only a few families use Hillcote. That is because over the latter years social services and doctors have not been referring children as obviously it was in the pipeline that Hillcote would close.
I am now 67 and have worked all my life in many different jobs, but working at Hillcote was the most rewarding and fulfilling. Working with such caring staff, amazing children and seeing the difference respite made to the families is something I shall never forget.
We who live here feel let down by many of Wiltshire Council's decisions. We want Salisbury not to be forgotten and pushed aside. We have many things that make it such a special place.
Let’s fight to keep Hillcote open.
There is to be a peaceful protest this Saturday, September 14 at 11am at the cheese market near to the library, so please come and give your support where there will be a petition to sign. We need your support.
Alix Ricketts, Bishopstone
I WROTE about a month ago to express my dismay at the proposed closure of Hillcote respite care home in April next year.
Since then, I have met with the two mothers featured in your newspaper and have formed a committee with them and other mothers.
We oppose and are fighting the closure.
This respite care is not only for children now but also for those born and living locally in the months and years ahead.
A relevant fact is that Exeter House School was built in the 1990s for 55 children and now has 100 pupils. The building was extended last year. A simple questionnaire about the need for respite care for learning disable children has been devised and issued by the committee. The results will be analysed over the next few weeks. We need all the parents with children at Exeter House School, to fill in this questionnaire. In addition we need as many local people as possible to sign our petition and encourage our protest meeting on Saturday, September 14 in Salisbury.
Meanwhile we have written and hopefully tried to influence both Wiltshire Council and the Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group in Trowbridge and Devizes – with logical argument - to reconsider their decision.
ANGELA SCOTT Chairman, Hillcote Closure Campaign
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