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Air Ambulance NI

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Photograph of the Air Ambulance NI helicopter

What is Air Ambulance

Air Ambulance NI, in partnership with the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS), provides the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) for the region.

Serious or life-threatening situations can happen to anyone at any time and on average, every single day in Northern Ireland, one individual finds themselves in desperate need of AANI.

The charity’s operational helicopter carries a crew compiling pilot, doctor, and paramedic, 365 days of the year operating for twelve hours every day.  They attend some of the most traumatic medical incidents across the province and are dedicated to delivering the very best possible pre- hospital care, both at the scene and whilst transferring the patient to the most appropriate hospital for their specific injuries.

Our EC135 helicopter can get anywhere in the province in approximately twenty-five to thirty minutes and the rapid response is vital in an emergency situation.  If a patient reaches hospital within the Golden Hour (60 minutes after their injury) their chances of survival are dramatically increased.

What is not widely known is that AANI is a charity.  Each day costs in the region of £5,500 and £2m is needed each year to keep our air ambulance service operational.  We rely entirely on support from the public and local businesses, including Gifts in Wills.

AANI is fortunate to count on tremendous public support and good will, and we will never take this for granted. It’s not only the medical crew who save lives, but the people who support our service.  Thank you to everyone for your support.

Visit the Air Ambulance NI website


The Mayor represents the public face of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, and during the mayoral term, the Mayor takes on a non-political role.

As the figurehead of our Borough, the Mayor represents the people of Mid and East Antrim as our First Citizen. This role also involves promoting charities; voluntary organisations; our business community; and education establishments.

On average, the Mayor’s office receives approximately 400 invitations each year. These include opening events, making presentations, attending functions, as well as hosting receptions and events organised by the Council. The Mayor also receives high profile visitors to the towns of Ballymena, Carrickfergus and Larne. It has become a long standing tradition for the Mayor to raise money for their chosen local charity. This tradition continues with the nomination of Mayor’s Charity of the Year here at Mid and East Antrim Council.