Photo: Pilot Nick Bramley, Dr Tasha Newton, Pearl and Jason Denny and critical care paramedic Chris Fudge.
A father is to run the Brighton Marathon to raise much-needed funds for Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance after his daughter was saved by the life-saving helicopter.
Five-year-old Pearl Denny, from Eastbourne, East Sussex, was a passenger in a car which was involved in a road traffic collision in Ashford, Kent, in June, 2010.
She and the 33-year-old driver were given emergency treatment at the scene before Pearl was airlifted to King’s College Hospital in London.
The driver was also taken to the major trauma centre by the charity’s second helicopter and both have since made a full recovery.
Pearl’s dad Jason, of Meads, will now be putting his best feet forward for the emergency service which relies almost entirely on donations.
He said: “I’m very keen to do something to re-pay Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance for saving my daughter’s life.
“If it was not for the rapid response of the helicopter I’m not sure that she would have made a full recovery so I will always be indebted to them.
“Running the marathon is just a small way of raising money for the charity and a token of my appreciation.
“The Air Ambulance played a critical role in saving Pearl’s life and moreover reduced the risk of her having life-changing injuries.
“I’m determined to run the marathon well and the memory of my daughter’s resilience and the support she received will no doubt ease the pain and make it an enjoyable experience.”
Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance still has charity places available for the Brighton Marathon on April 15th and is appealing for runners to sign up.
All entrants will receive a fundraising pack including sponsor forms, support and advice from the charity’s fundraising team, a training guide and an Air Ambulance running vest.
Following the marathon, all runners will be given an opportunity to see the helicopter and meet pilot, doctor and paramedic and be invited to a post-race reception,
Anyone interested in running the Brighton Marathon should call Amy Salter on 01622 833806 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information visit www.kssairambulance.org.uk/FundRaising/BrightonMarathon