A Horsham woman has completed her latest charity challenge by running the London Marathon 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 in September, 2010.
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, which relies almost entirely on donations, and bravely battled a rare bleeding disorder to cross the finish line in 5hrs, 54mins.
She said: “It was my first marathon and I found it very hard. I had a pre-existing knee injury which started to hurt after about seven miles.
“The support from the crowd was really good and I couldn’t have asked for more. I want to thank my family and friends for cheering me on and everyone who donated.”
Laura, of Farhalls Crescent, has so far raised £700 and can still be sponsored at www.justgiving.com/laurafitch.
The former Tanbridge House School pupil is also holding fundraising events at local pubs including the Dog and Duck in Warnham on June 16th, to boost her fundraising.
Two years ago, she climbed Mount Snowdon in just under two hours and raised £1,000 for the British Heart Foundation.
In 2014, she aims to scale Mount Kilimanjaro with Matthew Russo’s mother Bridgette for Sussex Air Ambulance and the Matthew Russo Foundation.