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Over 5000 raised for air ambulance which helped Conor

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

A CASTLEWELLAN GAA club hosted a coffee morning in aid of the new air ambulance, after one of its young players was airlifted to hospital.

The coffee morning was held at St John's GAC on Sunday (6 August) following an incident when their U12s player Conor McMullan (11) was airlifted to hospital after he was injured in a farm accident on Saturday, 22 July.

The callout was the first mission for the new air ambulance helicopter and its crew and is understood to have reached the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children in just eight minutes.

A spokesperson from the local club said the fundraiser had come about after Conor's recent accident and they wanted to raise funds to show support for the cause.

The spokesperson added: "Thanks to everyone who baked and helped out at the coffee morning in aid of the NI air ambulance. Thanks also to everyone who turned up and donated. A massive 5,501.30 was raised from it."

The local club also held a Mass service in team colours to pray for Conor while he was recovering in hospital.

Since being discharged from hospital, Conor, who is still recovering from his injuries, also attended the official launch of the new air ambulance at the old Maze prison site in Lisburn.

Speaking to The Outlook, Conor's father John said: "It was good at the launch to be able to catch up with the crew and it was the same crew that attended to Conor on the day of his accident.

"It was nice therefore to be able to thank them and good for them also to see the results of their work.

"It was good for Conor to get chatting to them too and for them to see he is doing well, although he has a bit of a road of recovery ahead of him yet."

John said it could take his young son up to three months to recover from a fractured skull.

"Thankfully that is all the healing he has to do and due to the injuries that Conor sustained it made a big difference that he was transported to hospital by air.

"It would have been more difficult to transport him by road.

"The air ambulance is a terrific service," he added.

The Castlewellan man says his family are "forever grateful" for the consistent community support following Conor's accident.

He continued: "We went to the coffee morning on Sunday to show our support and the community have been wonderful.

"Conor is very much into football and has been a member of the club since he played for the U8s and he has a real enjoyment for sport.

"However, he knows he has to sit on the bench for the next few months while he continues to heal.

"I hope that for such a valuable service which is fully reliant on fundraising that it is continued to be supported and every bit helps."

Conor is also getting ready to head to high school in September where he will be a first year pupil at St Malachy's High School, Castlewellan.

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