A JustGiving crowdfunding appeal in campaign bids to save the Horton, hitting the public’s imagination and accumulating over £4,600 in just one week.
On Monday, The Hawkins Group added a handsome donation of £1,000 to bring the total so far to £4,672 - 23 per cent of the target of £20,000.
Well wishers and Horton fans have given anything they can to help boost a fund that will include costs for a legal challenge to the Oxford University Hospitals Trust’s (OUH) plans to move consultant-led maternity to Oxford.
The downgrade, which OUH promises is only temporary pending recruitment of essential doctors, begins at the start of October.
Donors have used the online site - www.justgiving.com/SaveOurHorton - to transfer their money safely. Cheques can be lodged in the Lloyds Bank account - Horton Hospital Fighting Fund - a/c No: 01557287, sort code: 30 90 42 or post a cheque to 2 Park End, Broad Gap, Bodicote, OX15 4DF.
Among the messages on the JustGiving page was this from The Hawkins Group: “All the very best of luck with this worthy cause.”
Others include: “If all those who attended Hands Around the Horton donated £5 the target would be met.”
“This is a one off opportunity of telling the Trust we need to retain our hospital services.”
“With thanks for Nicholas John Oddy born 12/11/1969 three months prematurely and survived thanks to the dedication of the Horton maternity staff.”
“Good luck - we REALLY need the Horton and ALL it’s departments.”
“I hope justice prevails and we keep all the services.”
“Thank you for trying to protect these essential services for our town” said J Simester.
Ted sperinck said: “Everybody in the Banbury area must protest against the disgraceful decision to downgrade the Maternity unit. The trustees responsible should be ashamed of themselves.”
“Hands off the Hoton. We need to keep this hospital for Banbury and surrounding areas,” said Beverly Oliver.
A donor called Young Scanner said: “Don’t just read the messages, donate please, even if its just a £1. We need our hospital, all the services it provides and the Trust bought to account.”
A ‘local village resident’ quoted Ralph Waldo Emerson saying: “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. Thank you KTHG.”
“Do whatever you have to do to Save Our Horton. Hope this little bit helps,” said Jane Whittaker.
“Keep fighting; don’t give up. Stop the rot now before it’s too late. When it’s gone it’s gone! The campaign needs all the help it can get. Our hospital is just too important to lose,” wrote Rob and Non Kinchin-Smith.
“The Horton is vital to a growing town the size of Banbury. Why are our services being eroded away? Let’s work together to ensure our community gets the health service we deserve and pay for,” wrote Sammy and John Smith.
Desley Ayers said: “Keep up the gd work guys you are all doing a fantastic job. HandsoffourHorton.”
“We need to keep this hospital open. We actually need to expand it, not close it,” said Pat Loveridge.
Margaret and Peter Monk of Banbury said: “Keep up your good work and show the OUHT that Banbury cares and matters - no reductions to the Horton’s services.”
John andChris Roulstone described the fundraising bid as a ‘Great campaign and worthy of everyone’s support’.
Cllr Barry Richards commented: “A vital campaign for vital services for our Community.Save your local Hospital - one day it might save you.”,
Enid Frist said: “Thank you so for continuing the fight. I do hope everyone contributes that joined in the previous demonstrations - and more.”