Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Make it a marathon effort for Air Ambulance

Night-flying Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance is appealing for runners to sign up for this year’s Brighton Marathon and help save lives 24 hours a day.

The life-saving charity officially launched its night flying service last month (December 18th) and now needs an extra £1million-a-year to keep both helicopters flying.

The air ambulance still has charity places available for runners who can commit to raising a minimum of £500.

Among this year’s entrants is Kings Hill Properties owner Tony Petty and his colleague Neil Johnson, from Kent, who are aiming to raise a total of £10,000.

Tony said: “I’m 54 and this will be my first marathon. I’m doing it to get fit and to raise money for a worthy cause. 

“For every property that we sell, £250 will go towards my fundraising and I’ve just started training. In 10 days I’m up to six miles so I’ve got another 20 to go which is an awful long way.”

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.

Anyone interested in running the marathon on April 6th should call Community Fundraising Officer Michelle Woodland on 01622 833823 or email michellew@kssairambulance.org.uk 

For more information visit www.kssairambulance.co.uk/involved/BrightonMarathon

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