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Community group invited to parliament after trailblazing purchase of former hospital

PUBLISHED: 16:39 09 July 2018 | UPDATED: 16:39 09 July 2018

SouthGen volunteers have been invited to a parliamentary celebration following their pioneering purchase of the former Southwold Hospital. 
Picture: Nick Butcher

SouthGen volunteers have been invited to a parliamentary celebration following their pioneering purchase of the former Southwold Hospital. Picture: Nick Butcher

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The remarkable achievement of a community group has been recognised with an invitation to parliament.

SouthGen volunteers have been invited to a parliamentary celebration following their pioneering purchase of the former Southwold Hospital. 
Picture: Nick ButcherSouthGen volunteers have been invited to a parliamentary celebration following their pioneering purchase of the former Southwold Hospital. Picture: Nick Butcher

SouthGen - formerly Save Our Southwold - has been invited to the Palace of Westminster on Thursday, July 12, for a parliamentary reception hosted by Suffolk Coastal MP Thérèse Coffey.

The invitation is a nod to the successful purchase of the former Southwold Hospital for community use, the first acquisition of its kind in the UK.

All those who were instrumental in securing the deal have been invited to the capital, including SouthGen volunteers, Hastoe Housing Association and NHS Property Services.

Laurence Vulliamy, who was chairman of SouthGen during the two-year campaign, said: “It’s an honour to have the work of our local community group recognised by our MP.

“We’ve been able to save an iconic local hospital building to ensure it’s future use for the community. SouthGen has shown that local people can have an effective say in the future of their communities.”

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