Charity Air Ambulance calls for committed donations

Charity Air Ambulance calls for committed donations

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Irish Community Rapid Response Air Ambulance

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Posted by The Clare Herald on Friday, October 5, 2018

Ireland’s new charity Air Ambulance service has called for major committed public support to sustain it long into the future and deliver its life saving service across Co. Clare.

The service has been tasked a large number of times to emergency situations in the county since its launch at the end of July and is on track to fly more than 200 missions by the end of this month. This is ahead of its target of 500 missions annually.

Irish Community Rapid Response (ICRR) Chief Operations Officer Lynda Stopford said: “The ICRR Air Ambulance can arrive at the majority of locations in Co. Clare within 20 minutes of being tasked through a 999 / 112 call. Evacuation for example from the Cliffs of Moher to Limerick University Hospital would take just 15 minutes and can make a huge difference in the outcome for a critically injured patient.”

As the parent of one recent user of the service commented: “On our family holiday in August 2019, our son had a 25ft fall from a waterfall, and was in need of rapid medical help. Thankfully he made a full recovery after being airlifted by the ICRR Air Ambulance to Hospital.

“We cannot emphasise enough the importance of the ICRR Air Ambulance service in rural areas, as it is the difference between life and death, or between injury and life changing injury.”

The service is surpassing its call-out targets – and is now asking the public to sign up to support it with committed donations.

The ICRR Air Ambulance has already undertaken several missions in Clare – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2019

Ms. Stopford said: “We are looking for 2,000 people across Co. Clare to sign up to a programme of committed monthly giving. Our campaign is called MISSION POSSIBLE. People can sign up easily at www.icrr.ie and become an ICRR Lifesaver.

“We are asking people to commit to donating €10 per month, or just €2.50 per week, less than the cost of a cup of coffee. This support is essential to enable the Air Ambulance service to continue to operate full-time from its base in Rathcool, Co. Cork.”

The ICRR Air Ambulance is run in partnership between the charity and the HSE NAS. NAS tasks the service through 112 / 999 calls to its National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) and provides the medical crew. However, the helicopter, pilots, air-base and fuel are being charity funded.

“Our service is working very well and being tasked every day. Public support is critical, and we are appealing for strong public and corporate support. The best donor base we can have is a combination of committed public supporters together with major corporates,” Ms Stopford said.

Photo: © Pat Flynn 2019
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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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