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Thelma Lakeman recovers at home after her fall in Garstang town centre
Thelma Lakeman recovers at home after her fall in Garstang town centre
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An elderly Garstang resident has paid tribute to the local community for the care shown when she had a fall in the town centre last market day.

Traffic came to a halt and the air ambulance was called out to take Thelma Lakeman to the Royal Preston Hospital after she tumbled on Park Hill Road last Thursday.

The 84-year-old was getting out of a friend’s car when the accident happened.

Fortunately Thelma escaped without serious injury, but did need stitches to the side of her face.

Within minutes of the alarm being raised PCSO John Holland was at her side, passers-by, including an off duty police officer and a nurse, volunteered their help.

Friends from Wesleys at the Methodist church on Park Hill Road - where Thelma was due to attend the weekly Churches Together Shoppers’ Service - also rushed out with coats to help keep Thelma warm.

The air ambulance landed on Moss Lane Park.

Recovering at home in Wyre Vale Park Thelma, who suffered bruising and smashed her glasses and dentures, said: “I want to thank all the kind people who helped.

“I have nice kind neighbours as well... I have been truly spoilt.

Thelma, who moved to Lancashire in 1989, added: “I love Garstang - it’s a very friendly community.”

PCSO Holland said: “It was nice to see all those people working to help. Garstang showed its community spirit, you can count on Garstang to help.”

He helped transport Thelma to the air ambulance, while colleague Community Beat Manager PC Dave Kerfoot helped with traffic management.