30 Sept 2022

County Derry man takes on running challenge to help life-saving charity

County Derry man takes on running challenge to help life-saving charity

A County Derry man is taking on a tough challenge to raise money for a charity which help saved his father-in-law's life.

Ian Crockett from Limavady has set himself the challenge of running 26 miles to raise vital funds for Air Ambulance Northern Ireland.

Ian will complete his marathon challenge, running between Desertmartin and Limavady on the August 8.

He was inspired to fundraise for the charity after Air Ambulance NI was tasked to his father-in-law following a severe farming incident.

Since the commencement of the service in July 2017 to May 2021 the service has been tasked over 2,266 times.

One in ten of those taskings were to workplace incidents including those on farms. 

Ian praised the work of the vital service.

“The Air Ambulance was tasked to my father-in-law after a bad farm accident,” he said.

“The crew treated him at the scene and he was looked after with great care.

“Thanks to their quick actions that day, he is now at home and recovering well. I want to do what I can to support this invaluable service that saves lives, brains and limbs.

“I want thank the team for the exceptional care they provided to my father-in-law that day and thank everyone who has supported by challenge so far through my Just Giving Page: ”.

Kerry Anderson Head of Fundraising at Air Ambulance NI said: “We are truly inspired by Ian’s fundraiser.

“Running a marathon distance is no easy task for anyone and it will be a real test of Ian’s fitness and endurance.

“We are humbled and grateful that Ian wants to do this in support of Air Ambulance NI.

“As a service we rely heavily on charitable donations to keep the medical team in the air, delivering critical care to patients who find themselves in life or limb threatening situations.

“It costs £5,500 each day to sustain the service so without this type of support from the local community, the team simply couldn’t fly.

“We’re delighted to hear that Ian’s father-in-law is recovering well and we want to say a huge thank you to Ian and every-one who is supporting his challenge, it’s not only the medical crew who save lives but also the people who support our service.”

The charity Air Ambulance Northern Ireland, in partnership with the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, provides the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) for Northern Ireland.

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.

The service has been called out on 229 occasions from January – March 2021, an increase of 30 % on the previous year and a 73% increase from 2018.

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.

Air Ambulance NI needs to raise £2million each year to maintain this service but fundraising has been severely impacted by Covid19 so fundraisers such as this one are crucial.

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