Two bus inspectors have been rewarded after heroically saving the lives of passengers in Greater Manchester.
And they were two completely unrelated incidents.
The first incident – which happened on the 17 August 2021 – saw a man collapse with a heart attack at Ashton Interchange, and Steven Delaney – who was acting inspector at the station – performed CPR on the man, called an ambulance, and arranged for a defibrillator.
While it was initially thought that the male had passed away at the scene, it was later found that due to Steven’s heroic actions, the paramedics were able to take over and resuscitate him.
Then the second incident at Manchester Piccadilly took place on the 31 August 2021 where a lady notified Inspector Darren Gould that she felt unwell and was having difficulty breathing, and after Darren called for an ambulance, things took a turn for the worse and the lady collapsed and became unconscious, so Darren performed CPR until the ambulance arrived – which ultimately saved her life.
And so, in recognition of their life-saving actions, both Steven and Darren have been awarded the accolade of ‘Star of the Month’ at Stagecoach.
“It was with great pleasure that I was able to award the accolade of Star of the Month to these two truly outstanding members of our Manchester team,” said Lee Wasnidge, Managing Director of Stagecoach Manchester.”
“Steven and Darren acted calmly, professionally and with dignity,” he continued.
“Their quick thinking saved the lives of these seriously ill people and both were rightly praised by the ambulance crews on scene and passengers nearby.
“Well done and thank you to Steven and Darren – you both thoroughly deserve this award.”
Speaking of the incident, Steven added: “You don’t have time to stop and think when you see someone unconscious on the floor [and] as soon as I saw him, instinct took over and I ran over and did whatever I could do to help him.
“We really thought he had died there at the scene so when I got the call later on to say that he had survived I was over the moon.”
Darren added: “It doesn’t matter if it’s a passenger, a friend or a relative, if someone is as unwell as that lady was, then you’ve just got to do everything that you can to help them [and] thankfully she survived what was a really scary experience.
“I’m just glad that I was there and able to help her.”
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BBC is looking for Mancs to take part in next series of Race Across the World
Are you a fan of travelling? Got yourself a bit of a competitive streak in your nature? This might just be your calling then.
The BBC is currently casting for the next series of Race Across the World.
The broadcaster has announced that the BAFTA-winning hit show is set to return to our TV screens for a third series later this year, and producers are now on the look-out for “intrepid duos” of all ages who reckon they’re ready to take a step into the unknown, and embark on an epic race across land and sea – and that includes Greater Manchester residents.
With applications for the next series of the massively-popular show now open, nomadic Mancs are being encouraged to take part.
On a limited budget and away from the luxuries of modern technology and conveniences, those lucky applicants selected to take part in the next series will get the chance to experience life in some of the world’s most beautiful and remote locations.
BBC is looking for Mancs to take part in next series of Race Across the World / Credit: BBC
Navigating their way across thousands of miles, they’ll travel through spectacular scenery and dynamic cities, visit ancient wonders, learn local customs, and take part in time-honoured traditions.
But, as producers are keen to point out, “the physical journey is only half of the story”.
That’s because, as the contestants take on the challenge of travelling across the world, the greatest thing they’ll discover along the way could actually be about themselves and one another.
Putting out a UK-wide casting call on the BBC website this week, producers Studio Lambert wrote: “We are now accepting applications for the next series of Race Across the World. This experience is open to all, whether you’re a seasoned traveller or total novice.
“We want to hear what undertaking a trip like this would mean to you, and with a cash prize at stake, what lengths you would go to to win.
Applications for the massively-popular show are now open / Credit: BBC
“Maybe you’re looking to change something in your life? Or are keen to share the journey with someone special like a family member, best friend, or someone you’ve lost touch with. You may even have a very personal reason for wanting to travel at this time in your life or explore a particular part of the world.”
Fancy it then?
Applications for the third series of Race Across the World are now open for anyone over 18 years of age, with a deadline date of Friday 19 April 2024, and you can find out more information and apply via the BBC website.
Cheadle care home asks locals to take their dogs to its ‘Canine Café’ next week to cheer up residents
A Greater Manchester care home is calling on locals to take their dogs down to its ‘Canine Café’ next week to help cheer up the residents.
After recent studies have shown that introducing dogs into care home settings can help lift people’s mood and increase social interaction among the community, Abney Court Care Home in the Stockport town of Cheadle – which sits within the picturesque grounds of Abney Hall Park – has decided to host its very-own ‘Canine Café’ next week.
But in a bid to make sure there’s enough canine cuddles for all the residents, staff at the home are asking the public to bring their own four-legged friends down to the party.
Abney Court created the canine-themed event after being inspired by the positive impact previous animal visits have had on residents’ wellbeing in the past, and after hearing how much they missed the company of their own pets from their younger years.
Cheadle care home asks locals to take their dogs to its ‘Canine Café’ next week to cheer up residents / Credit: Care UK (via Facebook)
Taking place next Friday 8 March from 11am-12pm, Abney Court’s ‘Canine Café’ gives attendees the chance to enjoy loads of tasty puppy-themed treats and drinks, all while being in the company of furry friends.
Of course, all four-legged guests will be taken good care of too.
Not only will the pups be able to enjoy plenty of fuss from the home’s residents, but they’ll also get the opportunity to play with the other pooches, and be treated to their very-own ‘pup cake’ too.
There’ll also be lots of garden games and a raffle too, so everyone has a shot a winning a whole host of goodies to take home.
Inviting the Greater Manchester public down to the party next week, Amcia Hara, who is the Home Manager at Abney Court, said: “We are looking forward to inviting the local community to our Canine Café, as atudies have shown that introducing dogs into care homes can help lift people’s mood and increase social interaction.
“The human-animal bond is powerful in promoting self-esteem and wellbeing, which is exactly why we feel our Canine Café is set to be a brilliant event.
“Whether you have your own dog or simply an animal lover, we’d encourage you to come along to our event.”