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Saving Father Christmas, Saving Local Services

Father Christmas, on his way to a fundraising party for the 'Save Tadworth Hospital' campaign on the 15th of December 1982, slipped from the launch taking him to a luxury yacht where the party was held. He was rescued by nurses from the hospital. Tadworth Court Hospital, then part of the Great Ormond Street Hospital group, was a cottage hospital near Reigate, serving mentally ill and disabled children, but came under threat during NHS restructuring in the early 1980s, prompting a strong local and national campaign to protect it. For more on Tadworth, see https://www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk/our-history and for a related parliamentary debate, https://hansard.millbanksystems.com/commons/1982/dec/01/tadworth-court-hospital

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Trinity Mirror / Mirrorpix / Alamy Stock Photo

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