Children’s Air Ambulance champagne afternoon tea, The Rookery, Chatburn

Malcolm and Katheryn, Trudie and Peter Bell

Malcolm and Katheryn, Trudie and Peter Bell - Credit: Glynn Ward

Torrential rain, a suspected broken ankle and some cracked ribs couldn’t put a dampener on a special champagne afternoon tea staged by Suzanne Clayton at her home, The Rookery, in Chatburn. The event was held to raise awareness and funds for the Children’s Air Ambulance, the first and only nationwide helicopter emergency transfer service for seriously ill children and babies.

Suzanne’s gardener was determined to ensure everything was in top condition for the event but managed to hurt himself jumping from his van and the host’s mother-in-law made it from Grange-over-Sands despite slipping in the bath and damaging her ribs.

As it happened, the weather meant Breda Murphy’s delicious tea had to be served indoors but that didn’t stop guests having a hugely enjoyable afternoon and many local businesses generously donated prizes to boost funds. There was also a £1,000 donation from from The Fort Foundation in Simonstone.