Caitlin McBride from Ballycastle is taking on a month-long running challenge to raise funds for Air Ambulance NI and in memory of her Dad, John Traynor, who died following an accident at work last year.

Caitlin said,” I am Running 55k across February for Air Ambulance Northern Ireland because they attended the scene of my Daddy’s tragic accident at work.  He was only 41 and we all miss him so much.  Taking on a running challenge seems the right one as Daddy ran most mornings when I was a little girl.  It was something I always wanted to start but never thought I was capable of. Daddy, on the other hand, fully believed I could do absolutely anything.  So, I’m giving it a go!  As a rookie runner, 55K is a huge challenge but it’s one I’m proud to undertake for the charity who attended the scene.”

Caitlin added, “Though our current economic climate is challenging, I hope you’ll consider donating to help fund this vital service and I am so thankful for any and all support shown, whether it’s 50p or £50.

Anyone who would like to support Caitlin’s efforts and in memory of John, is encouraged to donate here

Kerry Anderson, Head of Fundraising at Air Ambulance NI said, “ Our sympathies are with Caitlin and the family during this time of loss.  It’s a poignant fundraiser and a lovely way to remember John and his sentiment that Caitlin can do absolutely anything.  We have full confidence that she will do an amazing job in honouring John’s memory and making a difference to future patients.”

Air Ambulance NI is the charity that works in partnership with the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) to provide the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS).  The medical team consists of a doctor and paramedic who are tasked to two critically ill or injured patients on average every day.

The charity needs to raise more than £2m annually to sustain and develop the service and all support is welcome.  A list of charity events is available by clicking here or you can organise your own fundraiser and let the charity know on

Caitlin, her Dad and brother

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