Youth Justice Agency raises £6,500 for Air Ambulance NI
Youth Justice Agency staff and young people have raised an outstanding £6,500 for the Air Ambulance NI – the Agency’s chosen charity for 2019 – 2021.
Chief Executive, Declan McGeown, presented a cheque for £6,594.25 to Air Ambulance representative Grace Williams at Woodlands Juvenile Justice Centre in Bangor.
Declan McGeown said:
“This is a tremendous achievement by our staff and the young people with whom we work and it is all the more remarkable given the Covid-19 constraints we have all faced throughout the past year. Our charity partnership arrangement creates a win-win situation – it provides an opportunity for our young people to give back to the community through various fundraising activities, while Air Ambulance has also benefited through the receipt of much needed funds.”
Staff and young people from across the Agency’s teams in Belfast, Ballymena, Newtownards, Banbridge, Enniskillen and Foyle held various fundraising events ranging from coffee mornings and street collections to raffles and cake sales. Young people in custody within Woodlands supported the charity effort by producing promotional packs for an Air Ambulance sponsored event.
Grace Williams, Area Fundraising Manager for AANI:
“We are so inspired by the creativity and generosity we are seeing from the public across Northern Ireland. Youth Justice Agency are so inspiring and we are humbled that they continued to support of Air Ambulance NI throughout the pandemic. As a service we rely heavily on charitable donations to keep the medical team in the air, delivering critical care to patients who have suffered trauma throughout Northern Ireland - without this type of support, the team simply couldn’t fly. The past year has been especially challenging for fundraising and we’ve seen a dramatic downturn in our income. Every single penny counts. We want to say a huge thank you to Declan and his team for their dedication and we wish them every success in the future.”
AANI are the Youth Justice Agency’s designated charity partner for 2019-2021.
The Youth Justice Agency aims to make communities safer by helping children to stop offending. The Agency works with children aged 10-17 years who have offended or are at serious risk of offending and provides a range of services, often delivered in partnership with others, to help children to address their offending behaviour, divert them from crime, assist their integration into the community and to meet the needs of victims of crime.
Air Ambulance, in partnership with the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS), provides the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service for Northern Ireland.