Donnelly Group is ready to reach for the skies with a year of fundraising for Air Ambulance NI in a new charitable partnership.
Based in County Tyrone Automotive Distribution Group AM100 will follow his £14,000 efforts to benefit Aware NI in 2021 – including a dragon boat race along the River Lagan and a one-day golf community event with support from local businesses – with the new mission to show support for the flying doctors.
Staff at the group’s nine sites voted to support the cause and
Roisin Donnelly, of the Donnelly Foundation, said: “The team has always been extremely committed to fundraising and raising awareness for our charity partners, and we are confident that Air Ambulance NI will receive the same enthusiasm from our staff.
“With nearly 3,000 incidents since its launch in 2017, it is clear that Air Ambulance NI is a very worthy cause supporting people across Northern Ireland.
“We are proud to partner with Air Ambulance NI and look forward to raising funds for their much needed and potentially lifesaving services.”
Air Ambulance NI works alongside the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service to provide helicopter emergency medical services for the region.
The helicopter crew on board the charity consists of a pilot, doctor and paramedic and operates 365 days a year.
Kerry Anderson, fundraising manager at Air Ambulance NI, said: ‘We rely on the support and donations of generous individuals and businesses to operate, with our helicopter medical service taking in £2million a year. to maintain it.
“Although we have worked with Donnelly Group in the past, becoming their charity partner will be invaluable to us and we are extremely grateful for the support.”
Last year’s fundraising recipient, Aware NI, is the only charity in Northern Ireland working exclusively for people with depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder.
It has an established network of 23 support groups in rural and urban areas of Northern Ireland.
Lisa Abell-Farrelly, Head of Business Partnership for the charity, added: “The money raised through our charity partnership will go a long way in helping the people of Northern Ireland who rely on our services to maintain a positive mental health.”