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Sarah Horne - North West Air Ambulance.
Tue 14th Mar 2023.

Sarah’s presentation covered the history of the organisation and their activities that continue to save lives in areas not covered by the normal emergency services.
The North West Air Ambulance is the helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) that covers the North West England region, consisting of the counties of Cheshire, Cumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside. It was set up in 1999 with a single aircraft based at Blackpool.

North West Air Ambulance.

Donations required.

Sarah Horne.
They receive no government or NHS funding and it is thanks to public donations that they are able to operate. Their motto is to bring the hospital to the patient then take the patient to the hospital. They operate with three EC135 aircraft. Each has a crew of three, one pilot, and either one doctor and a Critical Care or HEMS paramedic, or two Critical Care or HEMS paramedics. One aircraft is based at Blackpool Airport the other two at City Airport Manchester (Barton).

One of the NWAA teams.

North West Air Ambulance.

Eurocopter EC135
Four BMW X5 air Ambulance Response Unit cars are used for nearby incidents, or where it is not suitable for an aircraft to land, such as city centres. In addition daily motorbike deliveries of blood are made to the bases.
It is interesting to note that the most rescued age group is around 50.
The early history goes back to April 1987 when Cornwall became the first place in the UK to launch an air ambulance helicopter service.
The aircraft usually make a direct line to the incident and cruising at 150mph they can reach most of the north west in minutes.
The first helicopters were funded by a donation from the AA (Automobile Association) adn inherited the AA’s colour of yellow. The NWAA started with one helicopter and the 2nd was obtained after they received a generous donation from a lady's will. Donations are needed desperately as over £9 million pounds a year is needed. The fuel costs alone are over £25,000/month. Sarah explained the advantage of being a 100% charity funded organisation as they can operate totally free of the National health and take patients directly to the most suitable hospital unit.
Thanks to Sarah for explaining the valuable work done by the organisation that most people take for granted.
Boyd Harris ‘Denham Springs Printworks, Lower Copthurst, Brindle'.
Mar 2023.

Walking along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal from Town Lane to the Top Lock it is possible to see a stone chimney emerging from the trees in the valley to the left. Along it runs the River Lostock and this was the original power source and water supply for the long abandoned Denham Springs Print Works. A few piles of stones and low crumbling walls are all that remain of the buildings but the chimney still stands majestic above the ruins. The remains are behind the private buildings of Denham Springs Farm and not accessible. However, the chimney can be seen from many vantage points and marks the location of a troubled industry over 200 years ago.

Paul O'Gorman.

Denham Springs Printworks Chimney.

Denham Springs Printworks ruins c1920.

Location of lady Hall Farm.

The mill began printing around 1783 and was run by Bennett and Ware. Bennett died and Ware left and the mill remained empty. A man called Dickinson eventually tried again but he also went bankrupt leaving the mill empty once more. The last named manager was Charles Barber who ran the mill with two machines, 20 tables and a 24 horsepower steam engine. He didn't last long and went bust in 1845.

The arch in its new location.
The last substantial part of the ruins was a stone arched doorway by the waterwheel site. In May 2022 I was interviewed there by Paul O’Gorman of Radio Lancashire. The arch was subsequently removed by the estate owner and rebuilt into a stone barn at Lady Hall Farm off Marsh Lane, Brindle. It is now adjacent to a public footpath so can be seen by passers-by.

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