Appeal to bring East Lancashire woman home close to £10,000

AN APPEAL to bring a poorly Burnley grandmother home from Portugal is approaching the £10,000 mark.
Relatives of Doreen Blackburn, 78, are trying to raise £12,000 to fly her home in a specialist air ambulance after she suffered a double stroke before Christmas.
A host of fundraising activity in the past fortnight, prompted after the Lancashire Telegraph reported the family’s predicament in February, has seen them edge close to the total.
Pamela Blackburn, Doreen’s daughter-in-law, said: “People say there’s no community spirit anymore, but they need to come to Lancashire.
“The people here have been absolutely amazing with their support and generosity. We’ve had letters of support from complete strangers, saying to keep on battling. It’s overwhelming and really encouraging.”
Doreen’s daughter, Sharon Borrowdale, added: “We’ve got £6,041 on the JustGiving website and £1,800 in cheques to the air ambulance, plus money still to collect from sponsors.
“The Morris Dancers pub in Colne had a weekend of fundraising last weekend and raised £1,002 altogether. It’s unbelievable how brilliant people have been with us and we are literally overwhelmed by everyone’s support.”
Doreen was originally due to be released from a Red Cross rehabilitation centre in Tavira on Monday ((17)), but her stay has been extended until March 31.
She lived with her husband, Maurice, in Harle Syke before moving to Albufeira in 1998.
The couple ran the Moorgate Arms and King’s Head pubs in Blackburn in the 1990s.
To donate, visit https://www.justgiving.com/yimby/bringbackdoreen

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10:30am Sun 16 Mar 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

Who was it that decided to go and live in Portugal???
Who's not been paying tax for the last ten years????
Who's spent all their money living it up in the sun???
Who wants to come back and plunder the NHS???

Needless to say I'll be donating nothing.
Who was it that decided to go and live in Portugal??? Who's not been paying tax for the last ten years???? Who's spent all their money living it up in the sun??? Who wants to come back and plunder the NHS??? Needless to say I'll be donating nothing. 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: 27

10:56am Sun 16 Mar 14

useyourhead says...

Do as the Romans do and all that, if you opt to live abroad then appropriate health insurance is an absolute must.
Do as the Romans do and all that, if you opt to live abroad then appropriate health insurance is an absolute must. useyourhead
  • Score: 22

11:35am Sun 16 Mar 14

bigste says...

Don't know what you are on about. She has worked all her life and paid her dues. Has been is Portugal for 10 years or more without making any claim on our system in the uk. Some sad people on here, maybe you are wishing you had her life in the sun.
Don't know what you are on about. She has worked all her life and paid her dues. Has been is Portugal for 10 years or more without making any claim on our system in the uk. Some sad people on here, maybe you are wishing you had her life in the sun. bigste
  • Score: -17

1:51pm Sun 16 Mar 14

Excluded again says...

As portugal is in the EU her medical treatment would have been paid for under the same arrangements that EU citizens get treated here. But transport costs are not covered.
As portugal is in the EU her medical treatment would have been paid for under the same arrangements that EU citizens get treated here. But transport costs are not covered. Excluded again
  • Score: 8

3:22pm Sun 16 Mar 14

mmickk says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
Who was it that decided to go and live in Portugal???
Who's not been paying tax for the last ten years????
Who's spent all their money living it up in the sun???
Who wants to come back and plunder the NHS???

Needless to say I'll be donating nothing.
And how much are you costing us tax payers as a mental health patient?
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: Who was it that decided to go and live in Portugal??? Who's not been paying tax for the last ten years???? Who's spent all their money living it up in the sun??? Who wants to come back and plunder the NHS??? Needless to say I'll be donating nothing.[/p][/quote]And how much are you costing us tax payers as a mental health patient? mmickk
  • Score: -7

4:45pm Sun 16 Mar 14

Izanears says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
Who was it that decided to go and live in Portugal???
Who's not been paying tax for the last ten years????
Who's spent all their money living it up in the sun???
Who wants to come back and plunder the NHS???

Needless to say I'll be donating nothing.
My thoughts exactly 2 for 5p. I have little time for those who say stuff you England when all is well, and then expect to be welcomed back with open arms when things go wrong.
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: Who was it that decided to go and live in Portugal??? Who's not been paying tax for the last ten years???? Who's spent all their money living it up in the sun??? Who wants to come back and plunder the NHS??? Needless to say I'll be donating nothing.[/p][/quote]My thoughts exactly 2 for 5p. I have little time for those who say stuff you England when all is well, and then expect to be welcomed back with open arms when things go wrong. Izanears
  • Score: 11

6:50pm Sun 16 Mar 14

the white witch says...

since when has the air ambulance become a hospital delivery service to bring people abroad home ?????
doing this they could be out saving a life of someone in dire need in the uk instead of going to portugal for a collection.
since when has the air ambulance become a hospital delivery service to bring people abroad home ????? doing this they could be out saving a life of someone in dire need in the uk instead of going to portugal for a collection. the white witch
  • Score: 9

6:58pm Sun 16 Mar 14

Just an observer says...

bigste wrote:
Don't know what you are on about. She has worked all her life and paid her dues. Has been is Portugal for 10 years or more without making any claim on our system in the uk. Some sad people on here, maybe you are wishing you had her life in the sun.
Yeah we all do, just in case YOU can't SEE IT. SHE WENT ABROAD TO LIVE, HER CHOICE. so why should OTHERS PAY to bring her back??????? that's down to HER ALONE. Not my problem, won't be losing sleep over this.
[quote][p][bold]bigste[/bold] wrote: Don't know what you are on about. She has worked all her life and paid her dues. Has been is Portugal for 10 years or more without making any claim on our system in the uk. Some sad people on here, maybe you are wishing you had her life in the sun.[/p][/quote]Yeah we all do, just in case YOU can't SEE IT. SHE WENT ABROAD TO LIVE, HER CHOICE. so why should OTHERS PAY to bring her back??????? that's down to HER ALONE. Not my problem, won't be losing sleep over this. Just an observer
  • Score: 7

7:43pm Sun 16 Mar 14

s4awx123 says...

and?
and? s4awx123
  • Score: -1

7:04am Mon 17 Mar 14

Ess says...

She was over here till she was 62 then instead of claiming state pension went to live in Portugal. Doesn't take a genius to work out that she's paid her fair share in taxes. If you don't wanna donate, that's fine, don't. Have you stopped to think what effects the stroke had done to her so she wants to be near her family/ her family want to care for her? Bet you wouldn't say all this to her/her relatives face. Keyboard warriors make me sick
She was over here till she was 62 then instead of claiming state pension went to live in Portugal. Doesn't take a genius to work out that she's paid her fair share in taxes. If you don't wanna donate, that's fine, don't. Have you stopped to think what effects the stroke had done to her so she wants to be near her family/ her family want to care for her? Bet you wouldn't say all this to her/her relatives face. Keyboard warriors make me sick Ess
  • Score: 3

8:22am Mon 17 Mar 14

DaveBurnley says...

Ess wrote:
She was over here till she was 62 then instead of claiming state pension went to live in Portugal. Doesn't take a genius to work out that she's paid her fair share in taxes. If you don't wanna donate, that's fine, don't. Have you stopped to think what effects the stroke had done to her so she wants to be near her family/ her family want to care for her? Bet you wouldn't say all this to her/her relatives face. Keyboard warriors make me sick
When she went to Portugal she would still get her state pension, so your bit about "instead of claiming state pension went to live in Portugal." is incorrect. She would also have got the index linked annual increases, plus winter fuel allowance.
[quote][p][bold]Ess[/bold] wrote: She was over here till she was 62 then instead of claiming state pension went to live in Portugal. Doesn't take a genius to work out that she's paid her fair share in taxes. If you don't wanna donate, that's fine, don't. Have you stopped to think what effects the stroke had done to her so she wants to be near her family/ her family want to care for her? Bet you wouldn't say all this to her/her relatives face. Keyboard warriors make me sick[/p][/quote]When she went to Portugal she would still get her state pension, so your bit about "instead of claiming state pension went to live in Portugal." is incorrect. She would also have got the index linked annual increases, plus winter fuel allowance. DaveBurnley
  • Score: 4

5:44pm Tue 18 Mar 14

cat001 says...

Just to set the record straight, the air ambulance used in repatriation is not used for everyday use by thd NHS, therefore does not effect UK residents.
Whilst in Portugal they only had a state pension, no winter fuel allowance, no free doctors, dentist, no free glasses. State pension only, too be honest I would say they have probably saved the NHS thousands of pounds over the last 10 year's. Since they have paid in to the system all of there lives why should they not be able to use it. More importantly they have a right to come home and be with a loving family who want to look after her.YES you are right they chose to live in Portugal and they should have had insurance BUT WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES?
Just to set the record straight, the air ambulance used in repatriation is not used for everyday use by thd NHS, therefore does not effect UK residents. Whilst in Portugal they only had a state pension, no winter fuel allowance, no free doctors, dentist, no free glasses. State pension only, too be honest I would say they have probably saved the NHS thousands of pounds over the last 10 year's. Since they have paid in to the system all of there lives why should they not be able to use it. More importantly they have a right to come home and be with a loving family who want to look after her.YES you are right they chose to live in Portugal and they should have had insurance BUT WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES? cat001
  • Score: 0

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