MILLWALL and its fans have helped raise £12,000 towards a judicial review against the government's proposed downgrade of  Lewisham Hospital's A&E and maternity services.

Along with the council's legal challenge, the Save Lewisham Hospital campaign have also started proceedings and the current donations make up more than half of the £20,000 they need.

Pat Sikorski from the campaign said: "Millwall's support has been invaluable, as has that of the fans and local people who have donated their own money towards our target.

"The £20,000 is needed to pursue the judicial review. If we win, the money will be used to buy items of hospital equipment and support other charities."

The Lions had pledged to match the first £5,000 raised by the public and chief executive Andy Ambler handed over the cheque at The Den last week

Mr Ambler said: "I really hope the judicial review is successful and that Lewisham Hospital can continue to provide the excellent service to our local community that we have all benefited from down the years."

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