Coleraine resident Caroline Smyth is set to take on the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon 22nd September 2019 in aid of the charity Air Ambulance NI.
The race will be Caroline’s first half marathon and it’s the second run she’s taken part in for Air Ambulance NI. Caroline and her 10-year-old son, Harry, organised ‘Harry’s Run’, a 12km charity run that raised more than £14,000 for both Air Ambulance NI and Harry’s primary school, Gorran Primary School. Harry planned the event in memory of his dad, Peter Smyth, who died in a tragic road traffic collision in February 2019.
Caroline was already considering signing up for the half marathon when she was approached by Air Ambulance NI to take part, so she readily agreed.
Caroline said: “A half marathon has been on my bucket list for years and I like to run, so I signed up. I’m doing it for Air Ambulance NI because of the amazing support they give people across the region. Each day £5,500 is needed in fundraising to keep the air ambulance in the air and we hear all the time how many lives it has saved, so I want to inspire people to donate and keep the air ambulance running. I was overwhelmed by the support of people following Harry’s Run, so this is my way of continuing to help Air Ambulance NI and keep encouraging people to support this important charity.”
Kerry Anderson, Head of Fundraising for Air Ambulance NI added: “We would like to thank Caroline for her incredible support to date. The public is crucial to maintaining our vital air ambulance service as it relies on public donations to help keep our helicopter in the air. There is always a HEMS doctor and HEMS paramedic on board, so the service is crucial in times of trauma emergency. We encourage everyone across Northern Ireland to help support Air Ambulance NI, and we wish Caroline the best of luck in her first half marathon!”
Air Ambulance NI, the charity, in partnership with the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS), provides the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) for the region and responds to seriously ill or injured patients 12 hours a day, 7 days per week. Air Ambulance NI has been tasked to more than 900 taskings since its inception in July 2017.
For more detail about the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon, visit https://www.belfastcitymarathon.com/half-marathon.
To donate or learn more about AANI, go to Air Ambulance Northern Ireland’s Facebook page, visit www.airambulanceni.org or call 028 9262 2677.