THE family of the late Matthew Campbell has raised an incredible £25,000 for the charity Air Ambulance Northern Ireland (AANI).
Matthew (24) sadly passed away when tragedy struck during Storm Ali last September and he was hit by a tree in Slieve Gullion. Matthew was due to get married later this summer, and his family and fiancé have been left devastated.
Mark Campbell, Matthew’s father said: “We decided to raise money for AANI because it felt like the right thing to do in Matthew’s memory. We know that the air ambulance service provides a critical service and whilst it couldn’t make the difference for Matthew, we know it can and does save lives.”
The Glengormley man’s family and close supporters have raised £25,000 in his memory through several events including a Slieve Donard climb, their own coffee morning at city hall, Nationwide coffee mornings, and donations from organisations including Unite Union to name a few.
Mark and the family presented the cheque to the AANI Head of Fundraising Kerry Anderson at the air ambulance base near Lisburn.
AANI is the local charity that provides the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) for Northern Ireland, together with 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 25 minutes.
Speaking of the donation Kerry Anderson said: “We are extremely grateful for the support from everyone involved in the fundraising in memory of Matthew Campbell who died in such tragic circumstances. Our hearts go out to the family – their support has been amazing, particularly as this is such difficult circumstances, and we cannot thank them enough. As a charity we rely on support from the public and this £25,000 donation will go a long way in helping save lives.”