Otter Garden Centres make huge contribution to Honiton Hospital bed fight

The team at Otter Garden Centres Cathy White, Malcolm and Marilyn White and Jacqui Taylor

OTTER Garden Centres have made a huge contribution towards a fundraising campaign into a judicial review into NEW Devon CCG decision to close hospital beds in Honiton.

They have donated £10,000 towards the £75,000 needed and hope that residents in the area will also donate towards the cause.

Jacqui Taylor, Managing Director of Otter Garden Centres, said: “We received a letter from Stephen Craddock from the Save our Hospital Services Honiton Steering Group asking for support towards the costs of a judicial review. As a local family business, we are very much a part of the East Devon and wider community and we feel very strongly about this. We have donated £10,000 to give this campaign a fighting chance.

“It seems that NHS New Devon CCG is removing all the hospital beds from East Devon by stealth; they closed Ottery, Axminster (and Crediton) whilst promising to keep Seaton and Honiton, and now they’re removing beds there too – this is just crazy. Next it will be Exmouth and Sidmouth.

“Everyone knows Honiton is an excellent hospital. This doesn’t just affect Honiton people – if you live in Ottery, Honiton is your nearest hospital now.

“As far as we can see there are no figures to substantiate the decision, and nothing to show how people will be looked after at home once the beds have gone.

“It would be great to see everyone in the local community chip in to help challenge this decision. Even if it is just a pound or two, every contribution will help.”


Honiton, Ottery St Mary, Chard & Ilminster Reporter | After studying for his NCTJ in Bournemouth, Peter started with the paper in June 2015 on a freelance basis, now permanently based in East Devon covering community and council news.