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Macclesfield Express - - YOUR VIEWS -

IN the past year the Mac­cles­field Ex­press has pub­lished sev­eral agenda-set­ting re­ports to re­mind us all of the im­por­tance of lo­cal jour­nal­ism:

We’re here to rep­re­sent the com­mu­nity. When we heard that wheel­chair users and pushchairs were be­ing turned away from the Grosvenor Cen­tre due to fire reg­u­la­tions, we de­manded an­swers and suc­cess­fully cam­paigned to get the bosses to over­turn the de­ci­sion.

We lob­bied for a pe­ti­tion when we dis­cov­ered a re­port that sug­gested Mac­cles­field Hospi­tal’s A&E should be closed. We launched a cam­paign ‘Hands off our hospi­tal’ to save the unit and a pe­ti­tion against its clo­sure at­tracted 6,000 sig­na­tures.

When we heard about Cheshire East Coun­cil’s plans to with­draw respite care at Hollins View Care Cen­tre we worked hard with the com­mu­nity to keep it open. While we were un­able to over­turn the de­ci­sion, we sup­ported a hard-fought cam­paign with res­i­dents.

We are also here to bring the com­mu­nity to­gether and our Christ­mas toy ap­peal, launched in con­junc­tion with the Com­mu­nity and Vol­un­tary Ser­vice, saw 3,000 gifts do­nated to dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren who might oth­er­wise have re­ceived noth­ing on Christ­mas Day.

We also helped raised £155,000 for 17 new beds at East Cheshire Hospice by part­ner­ing their cam­paign.

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