Air ambulance group applies for charitable status

Arlene Foster is pictured during a meeting with trustees of Air Ambulance NI Ian Crowe, Peter Quinn and Ray Foran
Arlene Foster is pictured during a meeting with trustees of Air Ambulance NI Ian Crowe, Peter Quinn and Ray Foran

An air ambulance organisation is in the process of trying to establish itself in Northern Ireland.

A group called Air Ambulance NI Ltd has applied for charitable status, and Arlene Foster, the DUP’s MLA for Fermanagh and South Tyrone, on Thursday discussed funding options with its trusteees.

There is currently no air ambulance service in Northern Ireland.

She said it is estimated that such a service could cost in the region of £2.2m annually.

She said in a statement after the meeting: “We are hopeful that this service can soon operate from St Angelo Airport, Enniskillen and serve all of Northern Ireland.”

The four trustees of the organisation are Ray Foran (chief operating officer at the Noonan Group), Ian Crowe (managing director of CPC Ltd), Dr Gerard O’Hare (Parker Green International), and consultant Peter Quinn.

After the meeting they said: “We will now work together to explore mixed funding models that will enable the establishment of this important service.”

The issue of an air ambulance service for the Province had recently been brought to public prominence following the recent death of Dr John Hinds.

He had been a long-time campaigner for such a service before he died following a motorcycle accident.