Lisburn woman Andrea Cunningham, will be participating in Antrim Half Marathon on Sunday 29th August, raising vital funds and awareness for Air Ambulance Northern Ireland.
Andrea, a social worker, has been supporting Air Ambulance NI since 2018 as a Club AANI member and was kindly gifted the registration for the Antrim Half Marathon by a friend who is unable to take part.
Three years ago Andrea participated in Couch to 5k challenge and enjoyed it so much, she continued running throughout Covid, replacing park runs with running with her family. Andrea’s training is going well, participating in park runs again, in addition to continuing to run with her family. If you would like to support Andrea’s challenge, please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/andrea-cunningham3
Grace Williams, Area Fundraising Manager for the Air Ambulance NI Charity, said, “We are so inspired by Andrea’s fundraising efforts and we are humbled she decided to support of wonderful work of Air Ambulance NI in this way. As a service we rely heavily on charitable donations to keep the medical team in the air, delivering critical care to patients who have suffered trauma throughout Northern Ireland- without this type of support, the team simply couldn’t fly. The past year has been especially challenging for fundraising and we’ve seen a dramatic downturn in our income.
I want to take this opportunity to personally thank the Andrea for her commitment to her training and for choosing to support Air Ambulance NI. Despite the current pandemic, our Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) is as busy as ever, responding to on average 2 calls daily somewhere in Northern Ireland. Since we first launched in July 2017, Air Ambulance NI have been tasked on more than 2,266 occasions.
The charity Air Ambulance NI, in partnership with the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, provides the HEMS for Northern Ireland. The HEMS team attend 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. With a daily operational cost of £5,500, we sincerely thank Andrea for her amazing support.”