Helping those who help us … Lough Neagh Rescue

30 Jan 2017

Helping those who help us … Lough Neagh Rescue

Part of our commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility involves helping our local community, and helping our employees to support the causes and charities that are important to them. 

So, our first Charity of the Quarter for 2017 hits both of those targets. It is Lough Neagh Rescue, nominated by airport employee Brian Lavery.

While Brian works at the airport, he is also volunteer Assistant Station Officer and crew member at Lough Neagh Rescue (Antrim Station). 

The Rescue organisation provides a lifeboat service 365 days a year for any emergencies declared on Lough Neagh and assistance to Belfast International Airport when full emergencies are declared. Last year, they dealt with 29 emergencies.

When told that Lough Neagh Rescue had been chosen as the airport’s Charity of the Quarter, Brian said “I’m delighted. Not only will this raise much needed funds for the charity, but it will also highlight the work that the volunteers provide for the whole community.”

Brian is one of a team of 60-plus volunteers who give up their time to help provide a first class rescue service to those in need. The rescue service, which is based at three sites in Antrim, Kinnego and Ardboe, currently has 3 lifeboats available to respond in quick time to emergencies. 

The Antrim lifeboat and crew are currently housed in a temporary station. However it is hoped that when a new ‘Gateway Centre’ is built that the lifeboat station will be permanently housed within the centre. The kitting out of a permanent station will incur significant costs for the organisation which has current annual running costs of about £87,000.

Brian has plans to run a number of activities to help raise funds for Lough Neagh Rescue.  Belfast International Airport will then add to the amount raised by donating one day’s takings each month from the Drop-Off Zone charges. 

Getting ready to start his fundraising activities, Brian said “I know I can rely on the help of my airport colleagues. Our first fundraising event will be a coffee morning next month - so I’m appealing to colleagues to ‘Bake and Buy’. We’ll let you know how it goes!

Find out more about the work of Lough Neagh Rescue by clicking here

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