The news that Hazelwood Care Home is being earmarked for closure by Derbyshire County Council has come as a great shock to local residents. Many, myself and my fellow committee members, find the situation appalling given that Hazelwood is the sole remaining council-run care home in Ilkeston. We believe that the IFSG is not just about the football but also supporting causes which help the day-to-day lives of our entire community.

The home has provided accomodation for Ilkeston football supporters in the past and one of our club’s biggest fans, Ged Tatham, currently resides there. The stress brought on him by the news has had a negative impact upon him as it has for the other residents and the hard-working staff who provide excellent care. The home lies right in the heart of our largest fan base and any closure would be hugely detrimental to our town and people.
There is already an online petition which has received in excess of 3,000 signatures and more people have signed the petition on Ilkeston Market Place recently. However, more support is needed and I urge all fans who agree that the closure of Hazelwood would be disastrous to sign the petition.

Thanks to the goodwill of Ilkeston Town FC, the petition will be available to sign at the New Manor Ground this Saturday with forms strategically placed inside the ground. We would also love it if Ilkeston Town FC players will help to support our aim to persuade Derbyshire County Council to terminate their plan.

Local politicians including Maggie Throup and Catherine Atkinson are in full support.

Many thanks

Duncan Payne (Chairman Ilkeston Football Supporters Group)

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