Hundreds raised to bring home poorly East Lancashire grandmother

Blackburn Citizen: Doreen Blackburn Doreen Blackburn

WELL-wishers have raised hundreds of pounds to help bring a poorly great-grandmother home to East Lancashire from Portugal.

The family of Doreen Blackburn, 78, from Burnley, launched a campaign to raise £12,000 to pay for an air ambulance to bring her back to Britain after she suffered two strokes in Albufeira.

More than £500 has been raised since the campaign went live on Saturday, and a fundraising event will be held in Clayton-le-Moors, her family said.

Daughter Sharon Borrowdale, 53, said: “We’ve had brilliant feedback. We had more than £200 pledged in the first six hours.

“My daughter and niece set up the website and it hit £500 by Saturday morning. That’s without the people who pledged donations. We are overwhelmed. We can’t believe the generosity.”

Daughter-in-law Pamela Blackburn said: “We have people ringing up to offer help or to donate. The response has been amazing. There’s a real sense of community spirit.

"We do really appreciate people’s help, and every day we seem to be a step nearer bringing her home.”

Mrs Blackburn, who beat lung cancer six years ago, cannot walk or feel down her left side following the double stroke in November.

She moved to Sao Joao, Albufeira, 15 years ago to retire with her husband of 58 years, Maurice, 78. The couple used to run the Moorgate Arms and King’s Head pubs in Blackburn.

Doctors at the Red Cross rehabilitation centre in Tavira warned Mrs Blackburn’s family that she faced ‘serious risks’ if she tried to travel on a normal flight, so a specially-equipped air ambulance, which flies at low altitude, was required.

But the family was struggling to meet the £12,000 fee. Now a fundraising day will be held at Joseph Lanzante Training Academy, in Walmesley Court, Clayton-le-Moors on Sunday, from 1pm to 5pm.

There will be a raffle and sponsored events such as head-shaving.

And on Saturday, C&A 4x4 Car Wash, in Norfolk Street, Colne, will be washing cars for £5 between 9.30am and 12.30pm, with all proceeds going to the Bring Doreen Home fund.

To donate online, visit www. justgiving.com/yimby/bring doreenhome, or to host a fundraising event, call the family on 01282 861503, or 01282 866748.

Follow the family’s campaign on Facebook at www.facebook.com/helpgetdoreenhome.

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8:27pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Just an observer says...

Mrs Blackburn, who moved to Sao Joao, Albufeira, 15 years ago to retire.
looks like spent up and wants to come home?
May seem harsh but, that's just my view.
Mrs Blackburn, who moved to Sao Joao, Albufeira, 15 years ago to retire. looks like spent up and wants to come home? May seem harsh but, that's just my view. Just an observer
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9:24pm Mon 24 Feb 14

emmanaz says...

Last time I looked we lived in a free country so I suppose you ate entitled to your opinions but you should both be ashamed of yourselves !!! What on earth is wrong with a family loving their relative and wanting her home to look after and care for her this lady has worked hard all her life paid tax and national insurance where's your heart ?!
Last time I looked we lived in a free country so I suppose you ate entitled to your opinions but you should both be ashamed of yourselves !!! What on earth is wrong with a family loving their relative and wanting her home to look after and care for her this lady has worked hard all her life paid tax and national insurance where's your heart ?! emmanaz
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11:12pm Mon 24 Feb 14

It's a spade! says...

There's nothing wrong with a loving family wanting to bring home a beloved relative. However, if they love her that much they would pay for it themselves and not beg other people for the cash.

There's also a good chance that the flight will kill her by the sound of it.

Isn't it funny how nobody ever has any savings or life assurance policies, or health insurance or income protection or critical illness cover.
There's nothing wrong with a loving family wanting to bring home a beloved relative. However, if they love her that much they would pay for it themselves and not beg other people for the cash. There's also a good chance that the flight will kill her by the sound of it. Isn't it funny how nobody ever has any savings or life assurance policies, or health insurance or income protection or critical illness cover. It's a spade!
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12:25am Tue 25 Feb 14

charlie1992 says...

Can I first point out that she retired (after paying her taxes all her life) and moved abroad which saved the government a lot of money. Secondly she spent up and wants to come home? No she admitted she wasn't coping and wanted to move back home and within a few weeks suffered two major strokes which has left her unable to come home without medical assistance. And thirdly she did have life insurance but used it all when she had lung cancer she didn't come back to the UK and claim of the NHS (even though she worked for them most of her life) and her family didn't know she didn't have health insurance and finally if you were told you had to pay £12,000 within 30 days could you afford it? No I don't think so, not everybody has £12,000 in savings.

I think before you comment on posts like these you should get the correct information and if you haven't got anything nice to say don't say anything at all as it can cause upset and hurt.

I do hope non of you are ever put in that families position and have to ask other people for help to bring a loved one home as I don't think you would appreciate comments like the ones you are writing.
Can I first point out that she retired (after paying her taxes all her life) and moved abroad which saved the government a lot of money. Secondly she spent up and wants to come home? No she admitted she wasn't coping and wanted to move back home and within a few weeks suffered two major strokes which has left her unable to come home without medical assistance. And thirdly she did have life insurance but used it all when she had lung cancer she didn't come back to the UK and claim of the NHS (even though she worked for them most of her life) and her family didn't know she didn't have health insurance and finally if you were told you had to pay £12,000 within 30 days could you afford it? No I don't think so, not everybody has £12,000 in savings. I think before you comment on posts like these you should get the correct information and if you haven't got anything nice to say don't say anything at all as it can cause upset and hurt. I do hope non of you are ever put in that families position and have to ask other people for help to bring a loved one home as I don't think you would appreciate comments like the ones you are writing. charlie1992
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9:14am Tue 25 Feb 14

Fire Fly says...

charlie1992 wrote:
Can I first point out that she retired (after paying her taxes all her life) and moved abroad which saved the government a lot of money. Secondly she spent up and wants to come home? No she admitted she wasn't coping and wanted to move back home and within a few weeks suffered two major strokes which has left her unable to come home without medical assistance. And thirdly she did have life insurance but used it all when she had lung cancer she didn't come back to the UK and claim of the NHS (even though she worked for them most of her life) and her family didn't know she didn't have health insurance and finally if you were told you had to pay £12,000 within 30 days could you afford it? No I don't think so, not everybody has £12,000 in savings. I think before you comment on posts like these you should get the correct information and if you haven't got anything nice to say don't say anything at all as it can cause upset and hurt. I do hope non of you are ever put in that families position and have to ask other people for help to bring a loved one home as I don't think you would appreciate comments like the ones you are writing.
I actually take exception to your remarks about people commenting on this story.

Clearly you know the facts as obviosuly know this person or the family etc. However, if a family are going to approach the press to ask for donations then it is they, in my opinion, who should ensure that the story is factual.

LET know full well the kind of comments that this could attract. The story may be close to your hearts but it isn't to people reading this so you should really have been prepared for that & accept no everybody will share the same view.

I have no issue with this Lady wanting to come home, in fact if any of us were in a similar boat, we'd want the same I feel. I hope the cash can be raised & that she is able to return home where her family can look after her.
[quote][p][bold]charlie1992[/bold] wrote: Can I first point out that she retired (after paying her taxes all her life) and moved abroad which saved the government a lot of money. Secondly she spent up and wants to come home? No she admitted she wasn't coping and wanted to move back home and within a few weeks suffered two major strokes which has left her unable to come home without medical assistance. And thirdly she did have life insurance but used it all when she had lung cancer she didn't come back to the UK and claim of the NHS (even though she worked for them most of her life) and her family didn't know she didn't have health insurance and finally if you were told you had to pay £12,000 within 30 days could you afford it? No I don't think so, not everybody has £12,000 in savings. I think before you comment on posts like these you should get the correct information and if you haven't got anything nice to say don't say anything at all as it can cause upset and hurt. I do hope non of you are ever put in that families position and have to ask other people for help to bring a loved one home as I don't think you would appreciate comments like the ones you are writing.[/p][/quote]I actually take exception to your remarks about people commenting on this story. Clearly you know the facts as obviosuly know this person or the family etc. However, if a family are going to approach the press to ask for donations then it is they, in my opinion, who should ensure that the story is factual. LET know full well the kind of comments that this could attract. The story may be close to your hearts but it isn't to people reading this so you should really have been prepared for that & accept no everybody will share the same view. I have no issue with this Lady wanting to come home, in fact if any of us were in a similar boat, we'd want the same I feel. I hope the cash can be raised & that she is able to return home where her family can look after her. Fire Fly
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