Chloe’s air ambulance fundraiser

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Funds for the North West Air Ambulance will be raised at a tea dance in Chorley this weekend.

The dance is taking place at St Peter’s Church meeting room, Harpers Lane, on Sunday, between 2pm and 4pm.

It is being hosted by rose queen Chloe Southworth, who has first hand experience of the air ambulance service.

Chloe, 11, was airlifted by the ambulance to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool, after she stumbled on the side of Rivington Pike, falling onto a stone and sustaining a very serious knee injury on Good Friday.

Chloe was with her father, uncle and cousin.

The Bolton Mountain Rescue Team also attended the incident.

The air ambulance landed on the slopes of the Pike at around 1.40pm.

A North West Ambulance Service emergency ambulance was also called, and was on standby at the fairground site should the air ambulance have been called away.

Lancashire Constabulary police officers and United Utilities rangers joined together with mountain rescue team members to safeguard the helicopter landing zone, but due to the large numbers of visitors present, the helicopter relocated to another landing site, a short distance away.

Chloe’s injury was dressed and splinted, with mountain rescuers working alongside the aircrew doctor and paramedic, who also administered drugs to ease Chloe’s pain and discomfort.

At Sunday’s tea dance, there will be a ballroom dancing display.

Admission is £2, which includes afternoon tea.