Natural gas company firmus energy has chosen Air Ambulance NI as its nominated ‘Charity of the Year’. Over the next year the company will run a series of corporate and staff events to raise vital funds for the Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) charity.
Air Ambulance NI provides pre-hospital critical care to patients across Northern Ireland whose lives are at serious risk following significant injury or trauma. The charity, along with the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, provides the HEMS and the helicopter can get anywhere in Northern Ireland in approximately 25 minutes, with interventions at scene that can dramatically increase chances of patient survival.
Fundraising of £5,500 a day is required to keep this lifesaving service operational. To date, since its launch in July 2017, Air Ambulance NI has been called out to over 1,254 incidents including nearly 134 times in the Causeway Coast and Glens area.
Delighted to have the support of firmus energy for 2020, AANI’s Head of Fundraising Kerry Anderson said:
“Serious or life-threatening situations can and do happen regularly and, on average every day in Northern Ireland, one or two individuals find themselves in desperate need of the Air Ambulance NI service. To ensure the service is sustained, we need to raise £2 million each year, so support from corporate partners like firmus energy is crucial. We are really looking forward to seeing the partnership develop and working with staff to raise funds.”
Rochelle Magee, firmus energy’s charity ambassador, added:
“Each year firmus energy searches for a charity to support that really means something to our staff. Over the next year we give our time and our expertise to fundraise and make a lasting difference to the work of these organisations. Air Ambulance NI is a fantastic organisation that has a real impact to the lives of people who live in Northern Ireland. We are delighted to be working with them in 2020.”
If you would like to donate, organise an event or could spare some time volunteering, please contact Air Ambulance NI by email at [email protected] or call 028 9262 2677.