REPORT: street stalls

Margate on Saturday: pop-up street stall

On Friday and Saturday last week, members of SONiK ran two fantastically successful stalls promoting the Save Our Stroke Services protest on 24 February at QEQM. We had queues of people wanting to sign our petition. We ran out of petitions really quickly and a fast thinking member managed to get one of the local banks to photocopy more for us!

Over 600 signatures were collected, adding to over 1100 already gathered online. Hundreds of leaflets were given out. People took posters, fliers and petitions to give out at work and encourage people to sign up to the campaign.

On Saturday in Margate, we were joined by campaigning Labour Cllr. Ian Venables, as well as new people who we had never seen before.

We have never had such a positive response before. The cutting of our stroke services it a hot issue, which affects everyone. People are rightly angry about the possible loss of services. We heard many stories from stroke survivors who said they would not be alive today if they'd had to travel to Ashford for treatment.

In addition to the stalls, we have leafleted shops, pubs, cafes and also undertaken door to door leafleting in some areas. We have distributed over 6000 leaflets so far.

We are planning to hold a stall this Friday 23 February at 11am, Ramsgate High Street. Please join us.

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