Family’s call to donate to air ambulance

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The family of Leslie-Ann McCarragher have invited people to donate to the Air Ambulance for NI appeal.

Lesley-Ann was tragically killed in a hit and run collision in Armagh recently.

The 19-year-old’s family hope that something positive might come from her untimely death.

Health Minister Simon Hamilton revealed last month that funding and management for the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) will be forthcoming.

However though the Department of Health will be financially backing the HEMS project, there would be a need for charitable funding.

Last week, Judith McCarragher wrote on Facebook: “Following the tragic death of our beautiful Lesley-Ann, we as a family have been greatly moved and comforted by the overwhelming support we have received from the entire country.

“With this in mind we would like to invite people to donate to the Air Ambulance NI Charity our first helicopter emergency medical service.

“Public support is vital to ensure its sustainability. We are in no doubt this will save many lives in the future. Thank you for your support.”

A former pupil of City of Armagh High School, hundreds turned out for her funeral at First Armagh Presbyterian Church.

Meanwhile tributes were paid to 16-year-old John Irwin, another pupil at City of Armagh High School who died suddenly last week hours after collapsing at school.

The Year 12 pupil took ill suddenly last Tuesday and despite all efforts to save him, he passed away at Craigavon Hospital the following morning.

His mother Mrs Diane Irwin, who along with her husband Keith have four other children, recalled how John - a school prefect - was a ‘quiet unassuming young lad’.

“He was the sort of young lad who would have sat in a room and listened and assessed the situation and then all of a sudden would have spoken up and it was always worth hearing what he had to say.”

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