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Air medics in flying visit to open Royal Blackburn Hospital shop
2:31pm Wednesday 10th October 2012 in News
THE North West Air Ambulance touched down at Royal Blackburn Hospital, to launch a new fundraising venture.
The charity has opened a shop in the newly-refurbished main entrance of the hospital, in Haslingden Road.
Its retail arm has been extremely successful in generating income, contributing to the £4.2m needed to keep the region’s air ambulances flying, and saving lives.
It was officially opened yesterday by Lynda Brislin, chief executive of the North West Air Ambulance Charity, with the helicopter and crew landing on site to mark the occasion.
Mark Brearley, chief executive of East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “A number of our patients have arrived at the Royal Blackburn Hospital by air ambulance, which has undoubtedly saved their lives, and having a retail shop on site will enable the public to show their appreciation for this worthy charity.”
Jackie Northover, head of retail at the North West Air Ambulance Charity, said: “As well as looking for volunteers to help run the shop, we would love the local community to donate their unwanted clothes, and bric-a-brac.”
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