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Donnelly Group Name Air Ambulance NI As New Charity Partner

Donnelly Group, NI's largest independently-owned motor retailer, has named local medical services charity, Air Ambulance NI, as its new Charity Partner of the Year.

Air Ambulance NI was chosen as a result of a staff vote from across Donnelly Group's nine locations.

Roisin Donnelly, Donnelly Group spokesperson, said: "As a business working within local communities right across Northern Ireland, we are committed to making a positive impact in the areas in which we operate.

"The team has always been extremely involved with raising money and awareness for our Charity Partners, and we are confident that Air Ambulance NI will receive the same enthusiasm from our staff.

"With nearly 3,000 incidents since its launch in 2017, it is evident that Air Ambulance NI is a very worthwhile cause that supports people across Northern Ireland.

"We are proud to be partnering with Air Ambulance NI and look forward to raising funds for its much needed and potentially life-saving services."

Air Ambulance NI works alongside the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service to provide helicopter emergency medical services for the region.

The charity's on-board helicopter crew consists of a pilot, doctor, and paramedic, and operates 365 days a year.
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Commenting on the new partnership, Kerry Anderson, Head of Fundraising at Air Ambulance NI, said: "We rely on the support and donations from generous individuals and businesses to operate, with our helicopter medical service taking £2 million a year to sustain.

"Although we have worked with Donnelly Group in the past, becoming its Charity Partner will be invaluable to us and we are incredibly grateful for the support."

The new charity partnership announcement follows Donnelly Group's £14,000 donation to AWARE NI, its Charity Partner for 2021.

Aer Lingus Announces Two New Flights From Belfast City Airport

Aer Lingus have announced two new routes from Belfast City Airport to Cardiff and Southampton, from 07 July.

The new flights will be operated by Emerald Air, replacing Stobart Air following their collapse in 2021.

The new routes join Aer Lingus' other offerings from Belfast City Airport, servicing Glasgow, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Leeds Bradford, Exeter and Manchester.

Rowing Crews Rescued Off Coast Of NI

Three different rowing crews were rescued along the coast of NI after running into severe weather while competing in the Great Britain Row Challenge.

The Challenge had left London Tower Bridge on 12 June, with crews racing to circumnavigate Great Britain, while also collecting environmental data on behalf of the University of Portsmouth.

On Sunday the RNLI was despatched to rescue five people from a vessel in the Irish Sea. Separately, six people were also rescued off the Antrim coast, later on Saturday.

All crews are said to have been "safe and well" following their rescue.

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