Nolan sister is in the mood for giving

Anne Nolan is getting into the festive spirit

Anne Nolan is getting into the festive spirit

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A founder member of the Nolans will be one of the people helping to bring a bit of festive cheer to patients in Clifton Hospital, this Christmas.

Anne Nolan, who moved to Blackpool aged 11 and currently lives in South Shore, has been handing out presents at Clifton Hospital for the past four years, as part of her work as the patron of Lytham-based group ‘Just Good Friends’.

Sometimes they have a choir there and they sing some carols for them and stuff like that

She said: “We give presents out to the pateints at hospital every Christmas and I go along and chat with them.

“Sometimes they have a choir there and they sing some carols for them and stuff like that.”

She is backing The Gazette’s ‘Give a Gift’ appeal to ensure every patient in hospital on Christmas Day receives a gift.

The main focus of our appeal is the “forgotten” elderly, with 601 of the 682 patients in hospital last year being over the age of 50.

It’s a cause that Anne, 66, particularly believes in.

She added: “A lot of elderly people might have had their own children who’ve moved away or emigrated or they’ve never had children, or their partners have died and we forget about them.

“You’d think they wouldn’t care but they do.

“Their reaction is really lovely and they’re so nice and grateful that somebody is thinking about them.

“If it was me, I’d love somebody to come along and give me a present. I think it would be amazing.”

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