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Air Ambulance NI, our Charity of the Year

For the next two years until 2025, National Museums NI will be supporting Air Ambulance NI as our company charity. Just like our audiences are at the heart of what we do at the museums, patients are at the heart of this charity.
Here we'll keep you posted on our fundraising journey with the support of museum staff, volunteers, visitors and partners.

About the charity

Air Ambulance NI is your local charity that provides the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service for Northern Ireland, together with its partners at the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service. The service brings urgent medical assistance to anywhere in the province, operating seven days a week during daylight hours. It can get to anywhere in Northern Ireland in approximately twenty-five minutes. 

£2m needs to be raised each year, approximately £5,500 per day, so public donations and continuing support is crucial. As you may know, the service had its first tasking on 22nd July 2017 and on a daily basis we are called out on average twice per day.

We know our fundraising, awareness and support through museum staff, volunteers and visitors, will contribute to one of many costs – it might be fuel, a flight suit, specialist hangar equipment, a flight helmet or helicopter rental and insurance.


Fundraising around the museums

Staff Bake Sale, all sites

Wednesday 9th August 2023

Representatives from Air Ambulance also attended to share some information on the charity with colleagues and volunteers and tell us where our donations will be able to support their vital work.

Amount raised: £628.06


Ferguson Tractor Day, Ulster Folk Museum

Saturday 24th June 2023

Amount raised: £650.90

Table with a red table cloth and Air Ambulance NI branded collection buckets (to collect money), with three people standing behind the table dressed in red t-shirts for the charity.
Volunteers from the charity (pictured left to right) Shirley Heasley, Martyn Boyd and Adele Cantley.

Belfast City Marathon

Sunday 30th April 2023

We had two staff relay teams run this year's Belfast City Marathon. Thank you so much to the same faces - and new faces - who took part this year for our new charity!