Osborne family’s car draw success for Air Ambulance

The Osborne family from Ballymoney were certainly in the driving seat when they organised a car competition in aid of the charity that is closest to their hearts – Air Ambulance NI.

Tuesday, 11th May 2021, 4:41 pm

Following six weeks of sales, a live draw took place at CM Competitions NI Ltd and Colleen McGrath from Newbridge was announced as the winner.

Colleen had bought three tickets just the day before the competition ended and said: “The only other thing I have ever won was a meat hamper and I am vegetarian! I am so surprised and pleased.

“I have been aware of the Air Ambulance NI charity for some time and you never know when you might need it, so I was glad to support the draw.”

Colleen McGrath and Simon Osborne

The Osborne family have dedicated much of their free time to fundraising for Air Ambulance NI after their son Simon needed its services following a serious road traffic collision in January 2019. Thankfully Simon has made a remarkable recovery and is doing well.

The competition resulted in 2,000 ticket sales and raised an incredible overall total of £35,610.90 through ticket sales and donations from local businesses and supporters.

Kerry Anderson, Head of Fundraising for Air Ambulance NI said: “We owe massive thanks to the Osborne family, CM Competitions NI Ltd, the 80 sponsors involved as well as everyone who bought tickets and helped spread the word. It has been a fantastic initiative and the funds raised will cover costs of helicopter operations including fuel, rental, insurance, and flight suits.”