Air Ambulance Northern Ireland (NI) is delighted to announce it has been recognised in two categories at the UK-wide Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence on 18th November at the Millennium Chelsea Harbour Hotel in London.
The charity received a Highly Commended Award in the Partnership of the Year category, for its recent work with Ulster Farmers Union (UFU) who worked to raise awareness and support of Air Ambulance NI among the farming and agricultural community during its 2018 centenary year celebrations. The UFU created an 18-month campaign which included creating a jointly branded centenary calendar, direct mail to members, fundraising and farm safety events, and saw 30 Ulster Farmers Union staff hike five peaks across the six counties of Northern Ireland to raise funds for the charity. Overall the UFU raised an outstanding £200,000 for Air Ambulance NI, doubling its initial target.
10-year-old Harry Smyth from Kilrea was also recognised for his achievements in helping to save lives. Harry was shortlisted in the ‘Outstanding Young Person Award’ category for his support of Air Ambulance NI in memory of his dad, Peter Smyth, who died in a tragic road traffic collision in February 2019. Since then, Harry has organised and taken part in ‘Harry’s Run’, a 12km charity run that raised more than £14,000 for both Air Ambulance NI and Harry’s primary school, Gorran Primary School. Harry and his family have continued to support Air Ambulance NI by volunteering at local events and fundraisers. Harry’s mum Caroline also took part in the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon as the Air Ambulance NI ambassador and Harry is already planning his next big event to raise funds for the charity, a Surf, 10k cycle & 5k run triathlon.