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Friday, 21 November 2014

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Alice truly showed the rest of us how to live

AT a time of great grief and sadness, it must have been uplifting for Alice Pyne’s loved ones to see the reaction to her passing this week.

EM John Woodcock
Barrow and Furness Labour MP John Woodcock

Alice’s life and her spirit in making the most of her short time here inspired thousands. Many have rightly said
that she embodied the three words worn by her supporters: grit, courage and
determination.

But there was another word that struck me every time I encountered this young woman who I was truly privileged to know: that word was love.

It was Alice’s love for fellow human beings that drove her to sign thousands up to the bone marrow register so more would live where she could not; there was the love that her family, friends and well wishers showed every day in
supporting her through her illness and helping her to achieve her dreams; and above all was her love of life itself and all its potential, which kept her striving to tick things off her bucket list until her very last days.

That love is also reflected in the moving tributes this week from those who have been touched by her life, from the many heartfelt comments on her blog from here and across the world to the sea of purple on Facebook and Twitter as people changed their profile pictures to Alice’s logo has been amazing to see.

Even the Evening Mail turned its mast head purple, after 26 years as a red top – a lovely gesture.

Alice truly showed the rest of us how to live. Let’s all say thank you by following the lead she gave.

THE Thousand Voices campaign to save Furness General Hospital maternity unit from being downgraded is growing in strength every day.

The aim is simple: we are asking as many people as possible to record a short video clip saying why the maternity unit is important to them and why they do not want it downgraded from a consultant-led service to one that is staffed by midwives, dealing only with routine births.

That would mean mums-to-be facing complicated births would have to travel a minimum of 50 miles to Lancaster to have their babies.

Campaign volunteers were in Ulverston indoor market last Saturday where more voices were added to the running total.

If enough voices speak as one, they will be difficult to ignore.

You can get involved directly by recording a clip on a camera phone and emailing it to SaveFGHMaternity@gmail.com

The clips will be posted on YouTube – you can see the ones already at www.YouTube.com/SaveFGHMaternity

Campaigners will be out and about in Barrow again this coming Saturday at the indoor market between 11am and 1pm.

Hope to see you there.

Have your say

What about the other services that are already going next week. It is not only maternity services that are going or have already gone to Kendal and Lancaster. It is time to wake up or Tim Farron will have our hospital shut in no time. A & E is next on the list.

Posted by save fgh on 17 January 2013 at 19:46

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