Air Ambulance Northern Ireland (AANI) is a local charity that provides the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) for Northern Ireland, together with their partners at the Northern Ireland Ambulance service (NIAS).
The service brings urgent medical assistance to anywhere in the province, operating seven days a week for 12 hours per day. It can get to anywhere in Northern Ireland in approximately twenty-five minutes but costs a whopping £5,500 per day to run and relies completely on the public and local businesses to raise funds. Since the first deployment in July 2017 to August 2019, AANI has been tasked over 886 times to serious or life-threatening situations throughout the province.
This Doctor / Paramedic led service benefits those whose lives are at serious risk following significant injury or trauma. Effectively the service brings emergency hospital care direct to the casualty.
Kerry Anderson, Head of Fundraising at AANI, said: "We are so pleased that Boost Drinks has chosen AANI as its charity partner. Not only will this help to raise funds but offers a real opportunity to generate awareness and raise the profile of AANI, which is so important to us as such a young charity. We are really looking forward to working with Boost this year on some really exciting events and initiatives.”
Air Ambulance NI needs to raise £2million each year to maintain this service so public donations are absolutely crucial.