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William, just turned 80 and walking half marathon for Air Ambulance NI charity

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When the Spar Omagh Half Marathon was cancelled due to Covid-19, Portstewart man and Air Ambulance NI supporter and volunteer, William Cunning, didn’t let it stop his plans for taking on the 13-mile challenge for Air Ambulance NI.

William recently celebrated his 80th birthday and is delighted to be fit and well enough to help the charity that provides the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS).

William said, “I’ve just turned 80 and feel lucky to be well enough to continue supporting Air Ambulance NI. I know so many events have had to be cancelled. Usually in August I help the charity at the Causeway Coast Truckfest event. Instead I’ll be walking 13.1miles to raise awareness and funds. The charity needs £5,500 per day to keep the service going and it’s been in the area to help people on many occasions. You can support my efforts by donating on my JustGiving Page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/William-Cunning.”

Kerry Anderson, Head of Fundraising with Air Ambulance NI said, “William is one of our avid supporters and it’s fantastic he is challenging himself to ensure the air ambulance service is here when needed. Sadly, throughout the health pandemic the call out rate of the HEMS team has not reduced, trauma and serious injury continue to happen whether that is as a result of a serious road traffic collision, farm or workplace accident or an incident at home or from sports. We are so grateful to William and hope that his efforts may inspire someone else in the community. It’s not only the medical team who save lives, all of our supporters do too, as they keep the helicopter flying.”

Air Ambulance NI is the local charity that provides the HEMS for Northern Ireland, together with its partners at the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service. The service brings urgent medical assistance to anywhere in the province, operating seven days a week for 12 hours per day. It can get to anywhere in Northern Ireland in approximately twenty-five minutes. This Helicopter Emergency Medical Service benefits those whose lives are at serious risk following significant injury or trauma.

Air Ambulance NI needs to raise £2million each year to maintain this service and fundraising has been impacted severely by COVID-19.

If you would like to support the charity during this difficult time, one of the simplest ways is by signing up to ‘Club AANI’ as a regular monthly donor. By joining, you will not only show your commitment to saving lives; you will also be part of the journey in creating sustainability for this critical lifesaving service. To find out more about Club AANI membership benefits or to sign up today, please visit: www.airambulanceni.org or call the charity on 028 9262 2677.

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