NHS Nascot Lawn is due to close next week – The 22nd of November 2018.
This morning we held a small gathering of parents, supporters and press to mark the closure.
It wasn’t a celebration as how can anyone celebrate the closure of such an fabulous service that supported the most vulnerable and complex in Hertfordshire? Especially when they are still families with no alternative plans for respite in the near future.
We didn’t want Nascot Lawn to close unmarked. We wanted to acknowledge our campaign and everything we have achieved since we first received those letters back in June 2017 telling us that funding to the service was being withdrawn. As a group we worked tirelessly to put together an educated and fair fight to save Nascot Lawn.
I still struggle to get my head around our campaign going national and all the amazing support and help we have received over the last 17 months, and also that we won 2 judicial reviews against Herts Valleys CCG!
Today is a very sad day, especially for me personally as it feels like another chapter of Lennon’s life is closed forever.
But this is just the start of our campaigning journey! Our great group of parents will continue to use the skills that we have successfully learnt throughout our own campaign to help and support other children and families to campaign for the services they need and rightly deserve.
Lastly I would like to say a huge THANK YOU! to everyone who supported and played a part in our campaign, helping us to keep Nascot Lawn open for an extra year and in doing so facilitating a safe and slow transition for those children that have moved on to new respite settings. We couldn’t of done it without you!
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Love Nikki x