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Maggie Black’s memory inspires incredible support of Air Ambulance NI this summer

A range of clubs and societies have held various activities to bring the community together and raise funds for Air Ambulance NI this summer in memory of five-year-old Maggie Black, from Glenarm, who died in December 2021.

Over two days of the Air Ambulance service have been funded with the combined efforts of the groups, raising a total of £12,085.

The events included a coffee weekend held in Glenarm, a hill walk of 5 miles to the lakes in Carnlough completed by 95 people, a donation from the North Antrim Coast Lions Club, and donations from the North Antrim GAA and the Co. Antrim Fleadh (Portglenone).

Sheenagh Black said:

“Our family is so touched that the community has supported Air Ambulance NI and our family by keeping Maggie’s memory alive. It’s lovely to know that the funds raised will help another family who is facing the worst situation by bringing the medical team direct to the scene as quickly as possible.”

Kerry Anderson, from Air Ambulance NI said.

“I was delighted to be able to meet some of the groups in Glenarm recently and hear about their efforts. It’s inspiring that so many people from all backgrounds chose to do the things they love to generously raise funds. The ladies from the village committee in Glenarm lost count of how many customers they serviced coffee and cake to over the weekend and whilst it rained on Wullie’s walkers they all completed the 5-mile challenge.

“No one expects to need the air ambulance service but if everyone can do a little to remember it, the service will continue to be there to look after people across Northern Ireland. As well as the speed of the helicopter, ambulance crews bring the skills and expertise of a hospital to the scene of an emergency, performing complex procedures and medical interventions that can help save a life.”

The Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) is provided by a partnership between Northern Ireland Ambulance Service and the charity Air Ambualnce NI. The charity aspires to raise £2m each year to keep the helicopter operational and sustain this potentially life-saving service.

Throughout the month of September, the charity is encouraging the public to become a member of its club – Club AANI or Junior Club AANI for children. In return for an annual subscription or monthly direct debit members receive regular communications and are also invited to a members’ BBQ each year. Members fund two days of the service each month and sign up is possible online at

£6,300 raised from the Glenarm Community Coffee Weekend

£3,585 raised from Wullie’s Walk

£1,000 donated from the North Antrim Coast Lions Club

£900 raised from the North Antrim GAA

£300 from the Co. Antrim Fleadh (Portglenone)

Total £12,085


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