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Malachi Cush releases charity single to raise funds for NHS and Air Ambulance

Andrew Trotter, owner of Trotter’s Hardware Store in Dungannon, Dr Darren Monaghan, HEMS Clinical Lead, paramedic Glenn O’Rorke, HEMS Operational Lead, and Malachi Cush

CO Tyrone singer Malachi Cush has released a charity single to raise funds for the NHS and Air Ambulance which came to his aid following a horrific crash last year.

The Donaghmore crooner has shared the song, Nothing Seems Right in a bid to "give something back to those who helped me".

Mr Cush (39) suffered a serious leg injury in a crash outside a hardware shop on Scotch Street last June when he was struck by a runaway car. He later described how he thought he was "maybe going to die".

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But the singer, who first came to prominence on BBC talent show Fame Academy in 2002, is now fundraising for those who came to his aid.

"It is almost a year since my accident and I have always wanted to give something back to those who helped me," he said.

"Air Ambulance NI came to my aid at the scene and I will always be grateful for the urgent care they provided.

"I continue to receive treatment from the NHS and remain indebted to those who work within it.

"During this time of restrictions I'm unable to do a concert to fundraise for these organisations so I'm releasing this music video which may encourage you to donate.

"Any small donation you can give will go directly to supporting these amazing people."

The song tells the story of the pain of losing a loved one, which Mr Cush sang at the funeral of his cousin Barry Cush (43), who died after a sudden illness in 2018.

"Some of you may have heard me perform this before and I know the song is already close to some people's hearts," he added.

"I share it today in the hope that you will help me in my fundraising efforts for Air Ambulance NI and NI NHS."

More than £2,000 had already been raised last night.

Martin Kearney, chair of Mid Ulster district council

Martin Kearney, chair of Mid Ulster District Council, last night encouraged people to support Cush's fundraising efforts.

"At a time when there is more pressure than ever on our health service I am heartened to see Malachi has released a new single to raise funds in support of the NHS and Air Ambulance NI, a cause close to my own heart," he said.

"The chair’s gala fundraiser, which Malachi had so kindly offered to MC at in support of the same cause, was unfortunately postponed due to current guidelines.

"I appreciate times are tough for everyone but every small donation will make a big difference in enabling these valuable and life-saving services to continue."

Please visit www.gofundme.com/nhs-amp-air-ambulance-heroes-ni

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