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Emerson's Foundation helps to provide vital community life lines

Published on 09 August 2016

The Emerson's Foundation has announced it is to donate £1,000 to Air Ambulance Northern Ireland (AANI) in support of the campaigning efforts of the late Dr John Hinds and in memory of teenager Lesley-Ann McCarragher. The foundation will also donate £150 to the Caledon Regeneration Partnership for the purchase of two paediatric pads for the village defibrillator.

The foundation raises funds through donations via the supermarket’s Making a Difference Locally fund, through local business Uluru Bar and Grill and from charitable events hosted by Emerson’s supermarket; and looks to highlight the positive contributions both businesses make in the community.

In July last year, Dr Hinds from Tandragee, affectionately known as the 'flying doctor' died during a practice lap as he travelled behind riders as they navigated their way around a course just outside Skerries. He had warned that Northern Ireland was in great need of an air ambulance and had long campaigned for the vital lifeline to be introduced.

Tragically in April this year, teenager Lesley-Ann McCarragher died after being struck by a car while she was out jogging near her family home in Milford. At the time of her funeral her family suggested that people could make donations to Air Ambulance Northern Ireland.

Ian Crowe, chairman of AANI said: “We are delighted The Emerson's Foundation have chosen our charity to be the recipient of a significant donation from their charitable foundation. Following the approach by The Emerson's Foundation to Air Ambulance Northern Ireland, as chairman, I recognise the engagement and commitment of the community in Co Armagh - one of the rural regions which will benefit from the provision of an Air Ambulance.

"The community support shown by The Emerson's Foundation, and many others, is typical of the engagement that the general public, and the corporate sector, commit to the 26 Air Ambulance charities throughout the UK. I feel that our community will fully commit regionally this essential service."

Foundation committee member, Alessie Magowan, said: "People in Northern Ireland were struck with great sadness when Dr John Hinds died. This year sadness struck again when Lesley-Ann,  a beautiful young girl, was killed while she was out jogging. We are delighted to be in a position to make such a significant donation and our thoughts remain with the families of Dr Hinds and Lesley-Ann.

"We are also delighted to be able to pay for two paediatric pads for the village defibrillator in Caledon which is positioned on the wall of The Old Courthouse. These pads could save the life of a child aged between one and eight years old."

Sandra Mortimer, of the Caledon Regeneration Partnership, said: "A huge thank you to The Emerson's Foundation. We have been fundraising for the purchase of the defibrillator and the training of our community volunteers so to get this financial support for the paediatric pads is fantastic. There are a lot of young families in the village so it's fantastic to know our defibrillator serves everyone regardless of age."

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