WHAT DO PEOPLE DO OVER A COFFEE IN THE NORTH WEST
scoop is that people in the North West like to get together to
discuss the local scandal and gossip over a cup of coffee. This was
revealed in a new survey commissioned by the Macmillan Cancer Relief
for their World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.
30% of people in the region meet up with work colleagues every day
for coffee and 82% of them admitted that office gossip was the top
topic of discussion. After rumourmongering, the topic of holidays
was discussed with 64% admitting discussing their next vacation. And
surprisingly the least talked about topic was sex and love lives,
except for amongst Law professionals where it is one of the top
Macmillan Cancer Relief is giving everyone the chance to chatter
away to their hearts content over a cup of coffee on Friday 30
September at the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. Now in it’s 15th
year the coffee morning has raised nearly £30 million and this year
Macmillan hopes to raise £5.8 million to help people living with
To join in World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, call the hotline on 0845
602 1246 or visit the website
LIKE SONS, SAYS RACING LEGEND MANSELL
19 YEARS after
scoring his first Formula 1 victory at Brands Hatch, racing legend
Nigel Mansell has passed his Advanced Driving Test with the IAM and
for good measure, so have his 2 sons, Leo Mansell, 20 and brother
But all 3 of them showed IAM examiners that driving expertise isn’t
just for the race track when they passed their IAM car test using a
route around the Woodbury Park Hotel and Golf Course near Exeter in
Ted Clements, IAM Road Safety Advisor, had been encouraging Nigel to
take the test for many years. “It was worth the wait.......
Especially the hat trick! I knew that Nigel would pass with flying
colours, but it was great that his 2 sons were able to take their
advanced driving test as well at the same time. Young Greg only took
his L-test last year, so he did very well indeed. It must run in the
My grandfather always told me that it is no good lying on a hospital
bed saying I had the right of way. That’s one of the reasons I was
so pleased that the boys could do the IAM test as well.”
Nigel did his test in an Audi A6 and younger son Greg also choose an
Audi and A3. Leo opted for a Chrysler. The IAM examiners were Steve
Mead, assistant chief examiner, and Ian Harris, a serving police
officer with Avon and Somerset Constabulary, based in Bristol.
With 31 Grand Prix wins, Nigel has his place in the Formula 1 Hall
of Fame. He joins john Surtess, the late graham Hill and Sir
Stirling Moss as racing drivers who have passed their IAM test and
legendary motorcyclist Geoff Duke who took his IAM test in 1960.
The IAM has a network of more than 200 groups across the UK, with
observers who help thousands of drivers a year to prepare for and
take their advanced driving or motorcycle test. For further
information from IAM house on 020 8996 9600 or visit iam.org.uk.
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NORTH WEST AIR AMBULANCE ATTENDS A SERIOUS ROAD TRAFFIC COLLISION IN
ON Thursday 8
September, the North West Air Ambulance (NWAA) received a call at
3.59pm to attend a serious road incident on Gorsuch Lane in
The incident occurred when a vehicle left the road and continued
into an open field. Having rolled over a number of times, the male
driver was ejected from his car and came to rest some distance from
A Lancashire land ambulance and police were also at the scene, along
with a basics doctor, a GP who attended on a voluntary basis. The
NWAA was called due to the suspected injuries the casualty had
incurred, including those to his back, for which he was fully
immobilised on a long board to restrict further damage.
Lynda Brislin, charity
chief executive comments:- "This was a very unfortunate
incident on a bad stretch of road, and we were called to help both
treat and transport the patient to hospital quickly and comfortably.
Time is often of the essence for those involved in serious incidents
and in this instance, we worked together with the land ambulance
crew, doctor and police to ensure the casualty got to hospital
within what we describe as the "golden hour"
From the time the patient is injured, the clock starts ticking and
the treatment given in that first "golden hour" not only improves
their chance of survival but also increases the possibility of them
making a full recovery. As the fastest emergency service we flew the
patient to Royal Preston Hospital in a time of six minutes, giving
him the best possible chance."
The NWAA is a registered charity and receives no mainstream funding.
It costs £1 million a year to maintain and the charity relies solely
on the generosity of businesses and the people of the North West to
keep this vital service running.
Covering Cumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire, and
Merseyside, an area of 5,500 square miles and a residential
population of seven million people. The NWAA responds to all major
motorway incidents, all serious accidents including horse riding,
rugby and motor cycling, serious road accidents and incidents in
areas that have poor and restricted road access including golf
courses, fells, woods or beaches. On average the NWAA is called out
four times a day, rising up to ten in the summer.
For the patient, the NWAA is the fastest emergency service.
Donations can be made by ringing 0800 587 4570.