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Esther Rantzen urges Colchester Council not to shut Abbots Activity Centre before Christmas
CELEBRITY campaigner Esther Rantzen has called for a stay of execution on an activity centre.
Miss Rantzen stepped into the row over Abbots Activity Centre which is set to close next month after Colchester Council withdrew its £74,000 a year subsidy.
She said the savings made were a drop in the ocean compared to cost of caring for elderly people whose health and well-being would decline without the centre.
Miss Rantzen has just set up a new helpline, Silver Line, which aims to provide support for isolated and lonely pensioners.
Miss Rantzen said she understood Colchester Council was facing tough financial decisions - but she urged it not to be responsible for Abbots members having a miserable Christmas.
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