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NW200 raises £10k for NI Air Ambulance

By Paul Lindsay

Published 13/10/2016

Cheque mates: Captain of Royal Portrush Golf Club Michael Taylor presents a cheque for £10,000 to Ian Crowe, Chairman of the Air Ambulance NI, as Liam Beckett, Albert Kirk, Stephen Ferris, Mervyn Whyte and Adrian Logan look on
Cheque mates: Captain of Royal Portrush Golf Club Michael Taylor presents a cheque for £10,000 to Ian Crowe, Chairman of the Air Ambulance NI, as Liam Beckett, Albert Kirk, Stephen Ferris, Mervyn Whyte and Adrian Logan look on

A pro-am celebrity golf tournament held during this summer's Vauxhall International North West 200 Festival has raised £10,000 for the all-new Air Ambulance NI charity.

Top female road racer Maria Costello and NW200 great Steve Plater were joined by footballers Keith Gillespie and Sammy Clingan, former Ulster Rugby stars Stephen Ferris and Andy Ward, Tyrone GAA legend Mickey Harte, Paralympic gold medallist Michael McKillop, former world champion boxer Brian Magee and snooker star Mark Allen, along with dozens of amateur golfers to help raise the huge sum back in May.

Ian Crowe, Chairman of Air Ambulance NI, said after receiving the cheque: "We are delighted to have been nominated as the chosen charity of the North West 200 in 2016.

"We are also delighted to receive this fantastic sum from Royal Portrush Golf Club and we are very grateful to everyone involved."

Michael Taylor, the captain at Royal Portrush Golf Club, said after the presentation: "So many people put so much hard work into raising this money and it is a great pleasure to present this cheque to the Air Ambulance NI charity."

North West 200 Event Director Mervyn Whyte added: "We are very pleased to have been involved with this important charity in 2016 and will continue to support it in the future."

Next year's NW200 week climaxes on May 13.

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