Thursday, 28 January 2016

Brighton Marathon team fly flag for air ambulance

Photo: Brighton Marathon runner Tom McLeish pictured at last year's race and running again this year

A team of Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance patients, doctors, paramedics, staff and trustees will be among the runners raising funds for the lifesaving charity at this year's Brighton Marathon and 10k.

Nearly 100 runners will be putting their best feet forward in aid of the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) which is an official Charity Partner of this year's race.

One of them is biker Stuart Johnstone from Peacehaven who was airlifted after a road accident last June while another former patient is Michael Watts who suffered a traumatic brain injury in a BMX accident in Rainham.

 Michael, from Gillingham, said: "This charity means a lot to me and as a local one means so much to everyone we know in Kent.

 "I never thought I'd need them until last year and they were the first to reach me and I now know how much we all need them."

 Toby Hawkins, from Tonbridge, will be running his first marathon after his mother was involved in a road traffic collision while Nicki Mason, from Hastings, will be supporting the air ambulance after it was called to her son when he fell from cliffs.

 The line-up also includes Adrian Golding from Crawley whose brother was airlifted after a car accident, and Crawley News reporter Dave Comeau.

 Ryan Bingham from Maidstone will be running the marathon after his father was airlifted and Adrian Oliver (Sittingbourne) will be taking on his first marathon after losing 7 stone.

 The air ambulance team includes Dr David Hunt (Farnham), paramedics David Wright (Reigate) and Richard de Coverly (Cranbrook), nurse Emily McWhirter (Brighton), Governance Assistant Sophy Dunn (Tunbridge Wells), and Executive Director Lynne Harris, Lottery Manager James Cook and HR & Support Administrator Michael Small, all from Gillingham.

 Among the corporate teams will be Howard Cundey Estate Agents and Chartered Surveyors, market research company Facts International (Ashford), The Body Shop (Littlehampton) and finance company ABN AMRO (Haywards Heath)

 Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance is still appealing for runners for the race before the March 4th deadline.

 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.

 Anyone interested in running the marathon on April 17th should call Lauren Elphick on 01622 833833 or email

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