Published on September 7th, 2020 | by Alan Dwyer0
ICRR Receives Substantial Donation to Continue Flying
The Irish Community Rapid Response (ICRR) Air Ambulance has received a significant three year commitment from the Coolmore Stud in Co. Tipperary to help towards costs of the Air Ambulance service to enable it to continue operating. The details of the Coolmore three year commitment to the ICRR was announced at their Ballydoyle stables in Co. Tipperary on the first day of International Air Ambulance Week. This support from the Magnier and O’Brien families is hugely appreciated.
The chair of ICRR’s board of directors, John Finnegan, thanked the Magnier family and said: “The Coolmore brand is instantly recognisable the world over. Having their backing at the launch of International Air Ambulance Week will give other donors the impetus to get behind us. Since the ICRR air ambulance service went live in July 2019, from its base near Millstreet in north Cork, it has been tasked to some 575 incidents, including cardiac arrests, road traffic collisions, equine and farm-related incidents and falls from height.”
As part of International Air Ambulance week, a drive to is underway to increase donations and ask people to sign up and become friends of the Air Ambulance by visiting www.icrr.ie/regularly-donate/ Each mission costs in the region of €3,500 but the Charity has suffered this year due to COVID-19 as they have been unable to hold a number of events. Only last April, the service was under threat as funds had run out but managed to raise essential funds to keep the service going.
During the month of August, the Air Ambulance undertook 54 missions, where 41 patients were treated and 19 were transported hospitals in Munster. Road traffic accidents was the most common type of incident. Eight patients were treated for Cardiac Arrest.