Independent OFFERTON • THE HEATONS • EDGELEY • DENTON BREDBURY • CHEADLE HEATH • HAZEL GROVE • CHEADLE HULME • HEAVILEY • MARPLE • REDDISH • ROMILEY • WOODLEY • HIGH LANE FREE STOCKPORT www.independentnewspapers.co.uk FREE YOUR LOCAL GOOD NEWS-PAPER ISSUE 130 A STEPPING Hill Hos- pital consultant has received an MBE for his outstanding dedication and efforts following the Manchester Arena terror attack. Sengottiyan Chandrase- karan, known to colleagues as Dr Chandra, was in the foyer of the venue waiting to pick up his 13-year-old daughter from the Ariana Grande concert when the deadly bomber struck. Thankfully Dr Chandra was not and he straight away went about helping emergency services treat badly injured people at the terrible scene. After he managed to find his daughter and her friend, and safely drop off his daughter off at home, he came straight into Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport at 1am. Dr Chandra worked through the night in both the intensive care unit and operating theatres. The hospital had taken a num- ber of injured people with major trauma as part of the Greater Manchester emer- gency services response that night. The surgical teams said the anaesthetic consultant’s work was “clinically excel- lent all night” while treat- ing the injured and they had no idea what he had been through. He only mentioned at 6am to a colleague that he had been at the arena that night, so close to the bomber. National media covered Dr Chandra’s story but his nat- ural modesty meant that he did not give his name. And he has only allowed it to be revealed now after receiving his honour. A medal for a quiet hero MBE for arena attack doctor Dr Chandra, 50, is from Cheadle Hulme. He has been with the NHS for 21 years, and has worked as a consult- ant at Stepping Hill Hospital for 14 years. Stockport NHS Founda- tion Trust medical sirec- tor Dr Colin Wasson said: “Such outstanding efforts are truly in keeping with Dr Chandra’s attitude to his work, which has always been exemplary, performing excel- lently both as an individual clinician and as part of the wider team.” Dr Chandra was awarded his MBE by Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, in the traditional ceremony at Buckingham Palace. He said: “I am truly hon- oured to receive this MBE, which I consider to be on behalf of all my colleagues. My thoughts are with people who lost their lives on that terrible day. “I truly believe I was just doing my duty on that night, and my friends and colleagues in both the NHS and emergency services all rose to the challenge in these terrible circumstances too.” STOP HERE POLAR EXPRESS TRAIN RIDE PE All Aboard Stockport Christmas 2019 #StockportChristmas totallystockport.co.uk Flood review is launched AN independent review has been launched into the event leading up to the summer floods that hit homes and businesses in Stockport. Stockport Council has appointed engineering con- sultancy Mott MacDonald to carry out the review. It will look at how and why the flooding happened and recommend what measures shouldbeputinplace“tohelp mitigate future flooding”. The reviewwill also look at the findings from the 2016 flooding in the area and the actions that were taken at that time. In a statement the coun- cil said: “Mott MacDonald will review the information received by residents in the aftermathof the flooding. “Following this, the council proposes to organise drop-in sessions for local residents to talk to the consultants in January 2020. “The dates of these ses- sions will be communicated to residents indue course.” TO ALL OUR READERS AND CUSTOMERS A VERY H a p p y C h r i s t m a s * Are you at home during the day? * Have a very secure garden? * Do you love dogs? * Very flexible and fits into your lifestyle * We are THE alternative to kennels in the area. * Want to join a professional service? * Then maybe being one of our many loving dog carers would be ideal for you! * Receive a daily allowance Home Dog Boarders since 2005 Want to become one of team & look after dogs in the comfort of your own home? www.petstay.net ~ email@example.com Telephone: 0161 327 2133 WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE ONE OF OUR DOG CARERS?