Statement issued by Irish Community Rapid Response Charity Air Ambulance launches emergency appeal for support, or it faces grounding of lifesaving Air Ambulance Ireland’s new charity
Statement issued by Irish Community Rapid Response
Charity Air Ambulance launches emergency appeal for support, or it faces grounding of lifesaving Air Ambulance
Ireland’s new charity Air Ambulance service to be grounded in two weeks’ time without immediate support.
The Irish Community Rapid Response (ICRR) Air Ambulance needs the immediate donation of €400,000 to keep its services flying across Ireland, or it risks grounding of it’s vital lifesaving Air Ambulance that has saved countless lives across Ireland.
ICRR Operations Manager Ruth Bruton said:
“The ICRR Air Ambulance has flown on mission over 250 times in just 5 months of service. The success of the Air Ambulance has meant we’ve flown an additional 17 missions per month on average, which means increased costs to keep us flying. We’ve already helped in excess of 200 patients, their families and their communities by responding rapidly to them when they need help the most. These missions have been in both challenging rural locations and in towns and cities right across the country. We estimate over 600 missions could be flown in 2020 and those 600 lifesaving missions are in jeopardy without immediate funding.”
The ICRR Air Ambulance must fundraise for the provision of the helicopters, pilots, air base facilities, insurance, firefighting and other operational needs to provide the vital service. Other costs that the charity must receive donations for in order to pay, are VAT costs on the service, which cost the charity and its donors hundreds of thousands of euro per year.
Ms. Bruton adds: “The ICRR Air Ambulance could be called on to help you or your loved one next. I’m asking on behalf of the people we can save in the future, please ensure that we are there to help.
One recent user of the service commented:
“When I left home, I never thought I’d spend the morning in a helicopter going to hospital, I’d been involved in a motorbike accident with some life changing injures. It could have been so much worse, as a biker, we’re so vulnerable and reliant on other road users to be vigilant but I’m so grateful to ICRR for helping me when I really needed it.
Now they need us, it could be you they help tomorrow or a family member, so donate now”.
The ICRR Air Ambulance is run in partnership between the charity, and the HSE National Ambulance Service (NAS), who provide the medical crew. NAS tasks the service through 112 / 999 calls to its National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC). However, the helicopter, pilots, air-base insurance and fuel are 100% funded through donations to the charity, ICRR.