The family of the late Abbie Nummy recently visited the operational base at Air Ambulance Northern Ireland, just outside of Lisburn, to make an incredible donation to the charity of £19,928, in Abbie’s loving memory.
Abbie was only 14 years of age when she sadly passed away in November 2019, after a tragic farming incident in the Bernish Area in Newry. Four years later, the shovel machine involved in the incident was ordered to be forfeited with proceeds donated to the Air Ambulance NI charity.
Through their own difficult grief, Abbie’s parents Andrew and Lorna, her brother Jamie and sister Darcy, alongside the support from close family and friends have now contributed a massive £55,910 to the charity. Alongside this most recent donation, funds were raised through donations in lieu of flowers from Abbie’s funeral and a massive afternoon tea fundraising day held in Newry in 2021.
Amy Henshaw, Area Fundraising Manger for the charity commented, “Everyone at the charity is extremely humbled by the strength of the Nummy family. Their determination, generosity and kindness to raise funds for the charity, amidst their own grief, is extremely appreciated. These wonderful funds will have a lasting impact, with future patients benefitting enormously from Abbie’s lasting legacy. We sincerely thank you for your support”.
The charity Air Ambulance NI, in partnership with the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, provides the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service for Northern Ireland. The service brings urgent medical assistance attending to patients who are seriously ill or injured, bringing emergency pre-hospital care direct to the casualty with the aim of saving lives, brains and limbs. Air Ambulance operates seven days a week for 12 hours per day. The aircraft can reach anywhere in Northern Ireland in approximately twenty-five minutes. On average, the doctor and paramedic team are tasked twice a day whether that is as a result of a serious road traffic collision, farm or workplace accident, sport and leisure incident or a serious medical emergency, to name a few.
The charity aspires to raise £2.5m per year through continued public support, to ensure that the service continues to be there for everyone.