We KNOW that Jimmy Savile helped launch the Stoke Mandeville Appeal in January 1980. But do we KNOW why ? The buildings that housed the Spinal Injuries Unit in the late 70's were in a sorry state. Indeed, the NHS itself was in trouble as shown by this VERY useful and important extract from a House of Lords debate on 14th November 1979. It certainly opened my eyes up to a FEW things. So bear with me Guys and gals because I want to give you a short history of HOW the SIU came to be.
Baroness Masham of Ilton
Goodness Gracious, "We fought for you. Now fight for us" The plight of the old soldiers was the business of the whole country. Now, here's where things started getting serious
That would be the same Gerald Vaughan in that photo of the launch of the appeal (see last post) BUT this debate taught ME something else about the NHS AT THE TIME. Just how much it relied on VOLUNTEERS, regardless of WHO they were !
Strikes ? The self righteous hacks etc who QUESTIONED what Jimmy was doing in hospitals forgot about that inconvenient truth about the 1970's.
Whatever, I'm for the FACTS ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury. And I end this piece with a great quotation spoken by Baroness RYDER of WARSAW . A person who would no doubt be branded unfit to chair an inquiry into any wrong doing today. Irony, my dear friends, irony !
But of course Baroness Ryder is Sue Ryder isn't she ?
I wonder what the great lady would have said about this Savile story involving one of her establishments in 1978 ?