“Over the last 18 months I have worked with Hettinga House to try and find a way through their financial difficulties and the various challenges that they have faced. I have met with the Chief Executive of Jospice on several occasions, facilitated meetings with West Lancs and now Central Lancashire Primary Care Trust in an effort to secure support, worked with the two organisations involved in West Lancs Hospice care to see if they could be brought together, met with Jospice supporters on several occasions, lobbied the Department of Health and will be attending a meeting with Cherie Blair in Downing Street on Wednesday (2nd May) as we continue to the fight to secure a future for Jospice in Ormskirk. I have given my support to various fundraising events including the Moonlight Walk both last year and again this year. I will do whatever I can to help keep a much needed resource for the people of West Lancashire, and would encourage everyone to lend a hand. I met Fr O'Leary, the founder of Jospice in 1993 and was delighted to support the nomination for his MBE. He was a great man and would never give up as his supporters today know.”
“Councillor Owens brags that he has facilitated a meeting for Hettinga house with the Planning Dept - during the past year I have been working with Jospice trying to bring people together to help the patients who need this care and unlike Cllr Owens not playing politics or looking for cheap headlines. It is disappointing to see such an important issue treated this way"