Mollie’s cash for air ambulance

When Mollie Coolican was approaching a milestone birthday in May, she decided that instead of gifts from her large family and circle of friends she would rather accept donations to her favourite charity.

So last week, following the celebration of that milestone in May – her 90th birthday – this lively lady enjoyed another celebration when she presented a cheque ototalling £770 to her special cause, North West Air Ambulance.

“It’s incredible how they do all the work they do without any support from the Government,” said Mollie.

“I have a big family and lots of friends came to open house on my birthday.

“It’s been wonderful how they’ve given such an amount instead of presents.”

Wonderful was the word used by cheque recipient Jo Fowler, the NWAA’s regional fundraiser for Lancashire.

Visiting Mollie’s Longridge home in Eden Gardens for the presentation, she explained how the money would be used, the role of different helicopters needed when called to particular sites and incidents, and how grateful the group – which is in its 15th year – was for the continued support from the public.

For her big day in May, two of Mollie’s five sons travelled from their homes in Australia and France to complete her family of nine children, 19 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.

She and her late husband, Bill, met at church in Calder Vale, where Mollie was born and started school before gong to Lark Hill Convent in Preston.

She worked in the local mill office at Calder Vale before marriage and the move to Longridge.

Her life has been her family, evidenced by their group portraits and bouquets of flowers in her home marking her very special day.