09 Jan 2018
Representatives from FORRME visited Air Ambulance NI at their Maze Long Kesh base this morning, where they presented a cheque to Kerry Anderson, Head of Fundraising. Throughout 2017, our staff and supply chain partners raised an impressive £4,200 for the charity through a variety of events including a coffee morning, raffle, 10K run, Blood Sweat & Tears and donations in lieu of Christmas gifts.
With the recent introduction of not one, but two helicopters, the service now brings us into line with other regions in the UK and Ireland, and will help save an expected 18 to 50 lives every year. The air ambulance slashes the length of time taken for critically ill patients to be transported to hospital for life-saving treatment. It also means highly skilled doctors are on the scene of medical emergencies much quicker, particularly in rural parts of Northern Ireland, where it can be almost impossible to meet the 'golden hour' target. This is the first hour after a traumatic injury, when emergency treatment is likely to be most successful. It costs £2million a year to keep the air ambulance flying.
Thanks to all who helped us raise this fantastic sum!