Damian to take on Mourne Marathon Challenge for Air Ambulance

Damian to take on Mourne Marathon Challenge for Air Ambulance

12 February 2020

DOWNPATRICK man Damian Carlin is putting on his walking boots again to raise money for the Air Ambulance Northern Ireland which came to his aid.

The 29 year-old suffered a serious injury when a concrete slab fell on his ankle at work in August 2017.

Damian was conscious throughout the traumatic ordeal and attributes the quick arrival of the emergency response team for helping him to remain calm and manage his pain.  

Since his recovery, Damian has repaid his thanks to the service by raising money for the charity and successfully completed a 3 Peaks Challenge last September, raising £1,000 for the charity. 

He has now set his sights on completing the Mourne Way Marathon Challenge Walk in early June in the hope of completing the 26 miles and raising funds for the charity which requires over £2m a year to run the service.

The helicopter has been tasked to the Newry, Mourne and Down area 134 times from the service began in July, 2017 until last December.

The Mourne Way Marathon Challenge Walk is organised by 26 Extreme and set within the Mourne Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. 

Participants can expect to travel across almost every type of terrain imaginable on their 26-mile-long journey from Newcastle to Rostrevor.

Registration for the Mourne Way Marathon Challenge Walk can be done through the Air Ambulance NI website at www.airambulanceni.org/upcomingevents or by calling the charity on 028 9262 2677.  

Each participant is asked to raise a minimum of £55 to help keep the team flying to trauma patients.