"Julie Dawn Bailey" Order of the British Empire/CBE was a central figure in the Stafford Hospital scandal.

She was born in Stafford but moved to Wales in 1983 before moving home to care for her mother.

Her mother Bella Bailey, who was 86, was admitted to County Hospital, Stafford/Stafford Hospital in September 2007 with an enlarged hernia and died there on 8 November 2007.

She helped to form an organisation, Cure the NHS, which successfully campaigned for a public inquiry into the failings at the hospital. She ran a dog grooming parlour and a small cafe, Breaks, in Lichfield Road in the centre of the town which became the headquarters of the campaign. She and her supporters plastered the walls with photographs of dozens of elderly men and women – husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters – they claimed had died unnecessarily at the hospital because of lack of care.

She was nationally praised for her determination to shine a light on the failings of Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust/the Trust. In Stafford some people have blamed her for a planned downgrade of the town’s hospital. She says she suffered abuse in the streets, desecration of her mother’s grave, and was hounded out of her home in Stafford.

More Julie Bailey on Wikipedia.

It's the most amazing thing I've ever done in my life, besides volunteering for the Red Cross during Hurricane Charlie.

The truck was weighed at Flying J. We sent off 93,580 pounds worth of food, water and hygiene items.

People would stop to drop off items and ended up staying to help. They were very innovative in the way they packed boxes. It was overwhelmingly beautiful.

The church is going to help once again this weekend.