A Horsham woman has completed her latest charity challenge by running the London 10K for Sussex Air Ambulance in memory of a family friend.
Laura Fitch, 20, was spurred into raising funds for the charity after the helicopter was called to Matthew Russo who was taken ill at school last September.
Matthew was taken to the nearest paediatric intensive care unit at St George's Hospital in London but sadly passed away two weeks later.
Laura decided to run for the emergency service and bravely battled a rare bleeding disorder to cross the finish line in 51 minutes, cheered on by her proud family.
She said: "I've never run before but I trained for a couple of months before and I didn't find it too hard. I could have done it again, it was so enjoyable.
"I love raising money for charity and this year it was an honour to run for Sussex Air Ambulance."
Laura, of Farhalls Crescent, raised a total of £1,156 from the London 10k, a raffle and a charity night at the LaserHub in Crawley.
Raffle prizes kindly donated by local businesses included a motorbike helmet and back protector from P&H Motorcycles and a simulator racing experience from Pure Tech Racing in Horley.
The former Tanbridge House School pupil is now planning to run next year's London Marathon in aid of Sussex Air Ambulance which relies almost entirely on public donations.
Two years ago, she climbed Mount Snowdon in just under two hours and raised £1,000 for the British Heart Foundation.
In 2013, she aims to scale Mount Kilimanjaro with Matthew Russo's mother Bridgette for Sussex Air Ambulance and the Matthew Russo Foundation.
Funds raised by the foundation will be donated to local charities which support children with special needs and organisations which support bereaved families.