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Coleraine man climbing high for Air Ambulance to honour mum Joan Christie’s memory

Marcus Christie raising funds in memory of his mum, the late Joan Christie, CVO OBE and former Lord Lieutenant of Co Antrim.

Having already achieved extraordinary feats by conquering some of the UK's highest peaks during the 3 Peaks Challenge last summer, Marcus Christie, from Coleraine, is set to embark on a remarkable journey to support Air Ambulance NI, demonstrating his unwavering commitment to honor his late mother's memory while making a profound difference in the lives of others.


Marcus is preparing to scale new heights by tackling Mount Kilimanjaro in October and prior to that is organizing a grand Gala Ball to commemorate what would have been his mother's 80th birthday.



Joan Christie, CVO OBE and former Lord Lieutenant of Co Antrim, was renowned for her grace, warmth, and dedication to public service.


Joan had a remarkable life and made huge contributions to Northern Ireland, welcoming members of the royal family and world leaders to Northern Ireland, representing the region to promote unity, cooperation, and progress within the community.



In addition to her role as Lord Lieutenant, Joan Christie held a number of significant positions on various public bodies and charitable committees, where her leadership and dedication made a lasting impact.


Marcus Christie raising funds in memory of his mum, the late Joan Christie, CVO OBE and former Lord Lieutenant of Co Antrim.

Marcus said:


"I am profoundly inspired by my mother and all her achievements, it seems fitting to honor her memory by embodying the values of service, kindness, and dedication that she exemplified throughout her life. Having seen first-hand the air ambulance medical team at scene, I want to support the incredible work of the charity, Air Ambulance NI and hope this will make a difference to people who need their critical care in future.”


The Gala Ball is scheduled to take place at the esteemed Royal Court Hotel in Portrush on the 5th of July.



Marcus Christie raising funds in memory of his mum, the late Joan Christie, CVO OBE and former Lord Lieutenant of Co Antrim.

Marcus added:


“I have reached out to my family, friends and community to support the event and the response has been phenomenal. I am now seeking support for auction and raffle prizes, so if any local businesses could help, please do get in touch at summerball2024@outlook.com


Air Ambulance NI plays a critical role in providing emergency medical care and transportation to those in need across Northern Ireland. The funds raised through Marcus's efforts will directly contribute to sustaining and enhancing the life-saving services provided by the charity.



Ian Crowe, Trustee of Air Ambulance NI and Lord Lieutenant of the County Borough of Londonderry said:


"As we reflect on Joan Christie's remarkable life, it is lovely that Marcus has chosen to honour her memory in this way. We are immensely grateful for Marcus's dedication and determination to support. His endeavors exemplify the spirit of community and compassion, and we are honored to have his support and enthusiasm.”


The charity Air Ambulance NI offers advanced critical care across the region through the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) which is delivered via a unique third sector and public sector partnership between Air Ambulance NI Charity and 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 with the aim of saving lives, brains, and limbs. The medical team is tasked on average twice a day to the most critically ill individuals who have experienced a serious trauma injury or medical incident, reaching any part of the province within 25 minutes. The service has been tasked on 4,013 times since the start of operations in July 2017.


The charity aspires to raise £2.5m annually to sustain the service. More information is available online at www.airambulanceni.org. You can also contact the charity on info@airambulanceni.org or calling 028 9262 2677.

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