Air Ambulance Northern Ireland (AANI) is delighted to share the news that Tesco stores across Northern Ireland have helped to raise over an outstanding £13,000 in aid of AANI.
Thanks to the Tesco ‘Go Red’ campaign the money was raised by volunteer collections at Tesco stores across Northern Ireland on the 13th of August. Without the efforts and amazing teamwork demonstrated by Tesco staff including the Community Champions and 46 Air Ambulance volunteers, this amazing total would simply not be possible.
Air Ambulance Northern Ireland is a registered charity working in partnership with the Northern Ireland Ambulance Services and provides the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) for Northern Ireland.
The HEMS team brings emergency pre-hospital care to seriously ill or injured patients to save lives. Operating seven days a week, this life-saving service brings urgent medical assistance to anywhere across the province, within twenty-five minutes.
Amy Henshaw, Regional Fundraising Coordinator for Air Ambulance NI, said:
“We are sincerely grateful to Tesco, their local Community Champions, Tesco customers for their generosity, and all 46 Air Ambulance NI volunteers who supported this campaign across Northern Ireland. It takes £5,500 in fundraising to keep the Air Ambulance service operating each day and the Tesco ‘Go Red’ campaign which took place in August has hugely contributed to this. This donation will fund over two full days of the service, going on to help at least four patients who need it most”
Tony McElroy, Tesco Community Manager for Northern Ireland, said:
“We are very proud of our Tesco employees in Northern Ireland for helping to raise vital funds for Air Ambulance NI which will go a long way to help those in need. It’s always a pleasure to assist Air Ambulance with its fundraising to continue to provide its life-saving services across Northern Ireland”
This is the second year Tesco has supported Air Ambulance NI with its ‘Go Red’ campaign which has contributed to over £33,000 for this campaign alone, not including previous support through bag packs, donated vouchers, and a grant from the Tesco foundation.