The local Wessex Dignity in Dying Group held a stall in Salisbury to raise awareness of the campaign to change the law on assisted dying.

Members of the group, led by Dave Woodcock, held a stall in Market Square on Saturday, June 1 where members talked to the public about the campaign proposing changes to laws regarding assisted dying.

This campaign was recently highlighted by Dame Esther Rantzen who has made clear that, having been diagnosed with terminal cancer, she will travel to Switzerland to end her life with Dignity, something that is currently criminalised in England.  

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Dave Woodcock, 69 from Harnham, said: "We welcomed Parliamentary candidates from the Labour, Green and Lib Dem parties all of whom supported a full and free debate in the next parliament.

The stall collected more than 100 signatures on the day The stall collected more than 100 signatures on the day (Image: Dave Woodcock)

"They were all very supportive with regard to our campaign and provided very useful comments.  We were able to talk to many people and respond to the important questions of safeguards to prevent coercion and protect the vulnerable.

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"We explained why the current law is so unkind and were not surprised when many told us of bad personal experiences. There was broad support for a change in the current law which allows so much suffering.

"The Dignity in Dying campaign seeks to provide an end-of-life choice for adults with terminal illnesses and we were able to allay most people's concerns. The stall collected over 100 signatures in person on the day."

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