Visitors to the annual North West Air Ambulance Charity’s Christmas concert were treated to what is claimed to be the biggest mince pie in the north west of England.

The 13ft long and 3ft wide pastry was baked at JB Richardson Bakery in Chorlton, with sales generating over £500 for the charity.

Attendants were also treated to a Christmas concert, which included past X Factor winner Shayne Ward as its headline act, raising over £7,300 of much needed funds for the charity.

Lynda Brislin, chief executive at the North West Air Ambulance Charity, said: "We’ve had a great year in 2012 and this was just the icing on the cake! Last year’s concert was a huge success, raising over £5,000 for our charity, and we are so proud to have been able to build on this so we can help even more people in 2013. It was a fantastic evening - the mince pie went down better than anyone could have expected."

The North West Air Ambulance Charity’s helicopters fly 365 days a year, with the doctors and paramedics on board providing rapid treatment, hospital transfers and ultimately giving the gift of time to patients across the entire North West region each year.