Members of the Ballycastle and Rural Riding community have presented Michelle McDaid, from Air Ambulance Northern Ireland, with a cheque totalling £1,111.09. The proceeds have been raised from the Halloween Horse Parade.
The service became live in August 2017, but on 22 July that year during one of their final training flights, a child was seriously injured in a farming incident near Castlewellan. The child was transferred to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Belfast.
The Air Ambulance Northern Ireland (AANI), is a charity that operates as an air medical service, responsible for responding to serious emergencies in Northern Ireland. In March 2016, AANI successfully became a charity after being awarded £3.5 million, and a further £1 million was also pledged. The charity’s goal is to raise £2 million per year to keep the services going.