Thursday, 27 December 2012

Runners needed for Brighton Marathon

Runners are being urged to sign up for this year’s Brighton Marathon in aid of Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance to help fund the charity’s plans for night flying.

It costs £5million a year to keep both helicopters flying during daylight hours but this figure will rise to £6million when a 24-hour service is launched next year.

The Air Ambulance currently has 23 charity places available for runners who can commit to raising a minimum of £500.

Among this year’s entrants is Karen Allnutt, from West Hythe, who was airlifted to hospital following a road traffic collision two years ago.

She said: “This will be a personal challenge for me and is a perfect opportunity to raise valuable funds for the Air Ambulance.

“It was an easy choice for me and I’m pleased to say that with many thanks to them I have made a fantastic recovery.”

All Air Ambulance entrants will be given an opportunity to visit the helicopter base and meet the pilot, doctor and paramedic, subject to emergency call-outs

They will also 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.

Community Fundraiser Amy Salter said: “Last year we had 47 runners and we would love to double that in 2013. Our plans for night flying will give this year’s entrants a fantastic fundraising goal to work towards.”

Anyone interested in running the marathon on April 14th should call Amy on 01622 833806 or email amys@kssairambulance.org.uk  For more information visit www.kssairambulance.org.uk/FundRaising/BrightonMarathon

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