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Air Ambulance NI awarded £10,000 as part of SPAR’s Community Cashback scheme

Air Ambulance NI awarded £10,000 as part of SPAR’s Community Cashback scheme

Air Ambulance NI has been chosen from over 1300 applicants in Northern Ireland to be awarded a £10,000 grant from SPAR, allowing the Lisburn based charity to respond to more accidents and provide prehospital critical care.  

Air Ambulance NI bring the emergency room where it is needed most, whether that is at the roadside or in a farmyard, attending some of the most serious medical incidences across the country every day.

The SPAR Community Cashback campaign launched for a second year this April to provide funding to local charity organisations and give back to communities that need support the most. In total SPAR will have donated £100,000 across the UK on behalf of their shoppers. 

As part of the campaign, SPAR commissioned a study of 2,000 adults acoss the UK to discover how people were giving back to their communities and found that nearly two thirds (61%) in Northern Ireland would like to volunteer in 2023, the highest amount in the UK -  and one in five (21%) are desperate to give back to local causes in the near future.  On average, volunteers in Northern Ireland spend 6.5 hours helping out local causes each month and 25% said they had started to help others more this year. 

Colleen Milligan from Air Ambulance NI commented:

"Funding is absolutely crucial to keeping us in the air and responding to Northern Ireland’s most critical incidents. We are living and working in the most challenging of times with everyone tightening their belts, so to have the Community Cashback Grant Scheme available is quite literally lifesaving."

Bronagh Luke, Head of Corporate Marketing at Henderson Group which owns SPAR in Northern Ireland commented: “It is an honour to show support to such selfless people doing vital work, day in and day out.”

“These donations are needed now more than ever, evidenced by the number of entries received this year doubling that of last year. It is easy to see just how many amazing local charities and community groups need help to continue their work.”

“We hope these grants make a difference to these six deserving groups, helping them continue their work and grow the services they are providing.”

Air Ambulance NI further commented:

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“We want to extend our thanks to SPAR NI for this generous donation, it is support like this that we rely on entirely and without it we wouldn’t be able to keep going, so it is so greatly appreciated.”
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