Air ambulance at Boundary Mill, Colne

People gather to watch the North West Air Ambulance land at Boundary Mill in Colne.'Photo Ben Parsons
People gather to watch the North West Air Ambulance land at Boundary Mill in Colne.'Photo Ben Parsons

AN air ambulance flew to Pendle’s retail giant on Saturday – but it wasn’t a disaster.

Boundary Mill Stores, which raised £100,000 for Pendleside Hospice in its last charity year, is now raising money for the North West Air Ambulance.

The helicopter, which saves lives across the region, was welcomed by customers after making a spectacular arrival on to the car park.

The charity has two helicopters which fly life-saving missions seven days a week, 365 days a year. They have two choppers, one based at Blackpool and the other at Barton in Manchester, and between them they cover Lancashire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Cheshire.

It requires £4.3m. a year to carry on with its lifesaving operation.

And the charity says Boundary Mill’s choice has left air ambulance bosses “flying high”!

Charity chief executive Lynda Brislin said: “We’re delighted Boundary Mill staff chose us as their charity of the year. To have the backing from one of the biggest retailers in the North-West is great news and we hope a substantial amount of money will be raised over the next year.”

The plan was for it to stay on site at for three hours, but it was always known it might have to take off for someone’s aid. And it ended up doing it three times on Saturday!

Boundary Mill store director Jane Daunt said: “We are delighted to be supporting the North West Air Ambulance. We have been raising money from the beginning of March and it is going well.”

The store has organised a series of events as well as collecting each day from its thousands of customers.

Jane added: “We are absolutely delighted to see the air ambulance here at the store. It is going down well.”