Air Ambulance Northern Ireland (AANI) recently received a very generous donation of £13,500 from Corriewood Private Clinic in Castlewellan.
Corriewood Private Clinic appointed AANI as their chosen charity partner for 2017 / 2018 and aimed to raise £10,000 for the charity through various fundraising events and culminating on completing the first leg of the Camino De Santiago trek. Thirteen staff from the nursing home took part in the trek and were delighted to smash their target with a huge £13,500 raised.
AANI, in partnership with Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS), provides a Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) and responds to severely ill or injured patients, seven days a week, for twelve hours a day. From its base in Lisburn it can reach any part of Northern Ireland in approximately twenty-five minutes. The service’s primary role is to deliver advanced critical care, benefitting those whose lives are at serious risk following significant injury or trauma by bringing urgent medical assistance directly to the patient at the scene.
Paul Hannah, Event Organiser and Facilities Manager at Corriewood Private Clinic, said: “We are delighted to be supporting AANI. Having heard about the work of the charity we knew that we wanted to do what we could to help support this vital service.
“We have actually decided to complete leg two of the Camino De Santiago trek in July next year with all funds raised going to AANI. We are very much looking forward to continuing to raise money and spread awareness for this very worthy cause”.
Colleen Milligan, Area Fundraising Manager with AANI, said: “We are delighted that Corriewood Private Clinic has decided to support the AANI charity in this way. To ensure the service is sustained, we need to raise £2 million each year so public support is crucial.
“We are encouraging local businesses to get involved by organising a fundraising event for AANI, or by making a donation. Individuals can also join our membership club, Club AANI. For a weekly donation of just £2, Club AANI members will receive free branded goodies, on-going discounts from high street retail brands, as well as flash merchandise offers, and an invitation to our annual members event. It’s a simple way to donate and we hope those who can join will do so.”
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