MUMS have issued a rallying cry in defence of the NHS, as they begin an epic 300-mile journey in the steps of the Jarrow crusaders this morning.
The People’s March for the NHS has been organised by Darlomums, a group of women from Darlington, and has been backed by Labour shadow health secretary Andy Burnham among others. It will finish in London on September 6.
The women will kick off with a 10am rally outside Jarrow Town Hall, before an initial 12-mile leg to Chester-le-Street, where they plan to arrive at 4pm this afternoon.
They will travel a further 13 miles on Sunday to Ferryhill, where they will rally at 7pm at St Luke’s Church.
The mums count in their number three call centre workers, a union officer, a local councillor, a cafe owner, a teacher, a trainee nurse, a graphic designer and a beauty therapist.
Darlomums said: “We dont want to see private companies operating in the NHS under the heading of ‘efficiency’ when we know they are accountable to their shareholders, who are only interested in maximum profit before patient health care.
“We are asking the public to join us for a mile or two or join us for 10 or the full 300 miles, come to our rallies, just be part of the fightback.”
Marcher Rehana Azam said: “As mums with young kids we see it as our civic duty to try and save the NHS before our children grow up.
“The People’s March is a perfect opportunity to build support for the NHS.”